CARTERET–Carteret has been listed among the top 10% of places to retire in New Jersey, in a summer issue of the Star Ledger’s Inside Jersey magazine. Among the towns reviewed, Carteret ranked #38 – the 3rd highest in Middlesex County – out of 566 municipalities statewide.
Overall, the study pointed to the “state’s rich history and its abundant access to cultural arts, continuing education, top-notch health services and broad expanses of green space” as significant factors in the state’s continuing appeal to retirees. Analysts from Monmouth University’s Polling Institute tallied the accessibility of health care services, hospitals and long-term care agencies, the availability of public resources and other recreational opportunities, and looked at each town’s unique character and livability.
Localities such as Carteret were examined according to a range of criteria that included safety, affordability, and public services. The borough scored exceptionally well in all categories, but especially its proximity to medical services and facilities.
“I’m sure our recently completed Robert Wood Johnson Fitness and Wellness Center played a role in that category,” Mayor Daniel J. Reiman said. “It’s put an incredible range of health and therapeutic services on Carteret’s doorstep, where we formerly provided transportation to other facilities in New Jersey.”
Transportation and senior services were also significant factors in the Borough’s high ranking. Since the beginning of the Reiman administration, Carteret’s Office on Aging and the Board of Health have increased the range of senior programs and transportation services with the assistance of state and county grant funding. Thousands of local seniors benefit annually from senior programs and transportation, while administrative costs to local taxpayers have been minimized.
Reiman added, “This ranking reflects our efforts to improve the quality of life for residents. If it’s a great place to retire, it’s simply a great place to live. Year after year we leave no stone unturned when improving our programs, allowing for the best possible services for our residents.”
“It was nice to see some of our quality of life improvements recognized,” Councilman Skippy Sitarz added. “We’ve provided as lot of improvements that make life better for our residents each and every day.”
To read the article or view the survey results, visit http://www.nj.com/inside-jersey/.