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An Expat Talks about Living in Bay Head, New Jersey

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Bay Head

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

Bay Head is a tiny, shore town that is very family oriented and changes dramatically in the summertime. The Bay Head Yacht Club, town tennis courts and nearby golf courses offer recreational activity. There are several churches where newcomers can meet others.

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

There is very little diversity in Bay Head. Most are upper middle class to wealthy, Christian and caucasian. Let's put it this way, one of the most popular stores in town is called The WASP.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

Full-time residents work either for companies in central and southern New Jersey (commute) OR in local restaurants, stores, B&Bs, development firms, Real Estate firms, etc.. Summer residents often live in more affluent towns in central and northern NJ and work in NJ corporations or on Wall Street. Some die-hard, full-time residents commute all the way into Manhattan by boat or train (can be 2 hrs+ each way).

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

Full-time residents have active work, family and social lives. Summer residents are there to relax and spend time with family and friends.

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If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

Buy a summer home or retire there!. But, if you're considering full-time residency and need to have a job to support yourself, make sure you have something lined up before buying a home! If you are planning to run a seasonal business, make sure you can financially survive the off-season.

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