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An Expat Talks about Living in Glen Ridge, New Jersey

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

Glen Ridge

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

There is not much going on, socially, in Glen Ridge. The community pool recently opened, so that will certainly be one outlet. Otherwise, people seem to meet in the parks and through their children.

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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.

Not too much diversity. It is next to Montclair, which is where you will find the diversity and culture.

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

Industry? None. Unless you count the one liquor store or the dry-cleaners. Manhattan, Newark, and other job centers are a quick ride or train away.

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

This is a very family-oriented town. Most people work in Manhattan and appreciate the short commute. The schools are excellent and draw young families from NYC, Hoboken, and other urban areas.

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

Move here for your children. The schools are excellent and there is a very nice small-town feel. There is plenty to do in the area, from dining and shopping in Montclair to the theatre in Newark. Family life exists within Glen Ridge, but socially and culturally you must look outside the town's borders.

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