Jersey City is New Jersey’s second largest city, with nearly 250,000 inhabitants. It lies within the New York Metropolitan area, across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan. The Hackensack region of Jersey City was one of the earliest American settlements, and today Jersey City is home to many of the tristate area’s ports, manufacturing, and industrial centers—its Exchange Place financial district has been nicknamed “Wall Street West”. It is a popular place to live and work locally, but also for its closeness and accessibility to New York City.
Jersey City has a strong network of public transit, as over 45% of its commuters get to work on the bus or rail lines. 40% of Jersey City households do not have a car. The Hudson-Bergen light rail is the most popular form of transportation inside the city, with 13 terminals. The city’s PATH system is a 24-hour rail system with four stations within the city and connections to Hoboken, Manhattan, and Newark. There is also a system of ferries and water taxis stationed on the river and bays.