West Windsor is a township in Mercer County, New Jersey. It is popular for its local golfing and parks as well as its proximity to larger metro areas. Retirees enjoy all four seasons in this quaint small town.
Climate & Geography
West Windsor has a humid continental climate. Summer temperatures reach the 80s and winters dip into the 20s. The average annual precipitation is roughly 40 inches of rainfall and 25 inches of snowfall.
The area’s terrain is primarily flat. Mercer Lake exists within the city, and Carnegie Lake flows on the West Windsor’s northern border. There are numerous bodies of water scattered throughout the city, including Grovers Mill Pond and Bear Brook.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
For outdoor recreation, retirees enjoy the walking and biking trails at Mercer County Park and the Van Nest Wildlife Refuge. Golfers can also tee off at the Mercer Oaks Golf Course and Cranbury Golf Club.
Shopping in town ranges from antique shops to fashion malls, and residents enjoy local theaters and spas throughout the city. Nearby Princeton has art galleries and museums, and historic downtown Trenton is only 20 minutes away. Additionally, Philadelphia is just over an hour away.
Cost of Living & Taxes
Housing costs in West Windsor are well above the national average, followed by grocery costs.
Property taxes in New Jersey are very high. Most retirement income is taxable, but the state offers are large deduction for retirees. Social Security benefits and military pensions, on the other hand, are exempt.
The Trenton metro area ranks in the top 105 communities on Gallup’s Well-Being Index.
Though there are no hospitals in West Windsor, nearby Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center is rated high performing by U.S. News in three procedures and conditions. In addition, St. Peter’s University Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and are both nationally ranked.