We've noticed a number of characteristics about New Jersey that differ from our home in Utah. Here are a few:
2) There are a lot of small late model foreign (commuter) cars in NJ, as opposed to family-size vans and pick-up trucks in UT. There are over 100 cars in our court and I've only noticed one van. I also rarely see people. They leave early in the morning and I don't know when they return because we are gone most evenings. We've just seen a handful of children playing although there are some bikes and toys near apartment doorways.
|This is the view from our doorway in the middle of the day.|
3) Many main roads have "jug handles" to replace left turns from the center of the road. If you want to turn left, you first turn right on a little short curving side street, which lets you get in position to cross the main road (or turn left) when the light turns green.
4) More people live here! New Jersey is the most densely populated state with 1,189/sq. mile. It is also the second wealthiest.
Utah is 41st most densely populated with 34/sq. mile and 45th in per capita income. Although there are tons of houses and apartments here, in most areas the trees help mitigate the view.
|A nearby shopping center has gorgeous fall colors.|
|We see more highways than cities.|
5) There are also large spaces of rich farmland as well. (Hence: The Garden State). We visited a lovely 300 acre farm about 3 miles away to buy our Christmas greens. The farm has been in the same family for 13 generations, since 1713.
|This is just a farm we passed on one of our travels to a mission event.|
|On Thanksgiving Day we had a lovely walk with fellow CES Instructors along this riverbank.|
6) No one can have garbage disposals here because the sewage infrastructure is so old.
7) You can't pump your own gas in NJ. There are attendants that do it....it helps the employment numbers.
8) Most of the light poles seem to have solar panels, we assume to help supply power.
9) People are required to recycle.
10) We may add to this as we go along. We are loving each state in spite of and for their differences.