Journal Square

Welcome to Journal Square

The Heartbeat of Jersey City's Renaissance
Journal Square, an extension of Downtown Jersey City, is witnessing a vibrant transformation, evolving from a once-tired town into a bustling urban center. This neighborhood, often referred to as "The New Downtown," is a testament to Jersey City's dynamism and potential for growth. Its strategic location, convenience, and ongoing development make it an up-and-coming area that's catching the eye of both investors and those seeking a lively, urban lifestyle. With new residential and commercial projects underway, Journal Square is quickly becoming a solid investment and a desirable place to live.
The area is defined by its mix of historical charm and modern innovation. Journal Square is home to a diverse community that celebrates a multitude of cultures, bringing life, art, and vibrancy to its streets. The neighborhood boasts excellent transit links, including the Journal Square PATH station, making it incredibly convenient for commuters to Manhattan and other parts of New Jersey. With its transformation still in progress, Journal Square offers residents the unique opportunity to be part of a neighborhood on the rise, blending urban convenience with a strong sense of community.

What to Love

  • A dynamic urban environment with a neighborhood in the midst of an exciting transformation
  • A rich tapestry of cultures that enriches the community
  • Easy access to NYC and surrounding areas via the PATH
  • The area's growth promises strong returns on investment
  • Proximity to a plethora of top-rated eateries, cultural hotspots, world-class entertainment, and premier shopping 

Local Lifestyle

Journal Square's local lifestyle is marked by its urban energy, convenience, and cultural diversity. Residents enjoy the benefits of living in a neighborhood with a cultural hub and a transit center. The area's transformation has brought a renewed sense of vibrancy, with new restaurants, galleries, and public spaces adding to the quality of life. The community's diversity is celebrated through various festivals and events, showcasing the area's rich cultural heritage and fostering a welcoming atmosphere for all.

Dining and Shopping

Journal Square is rapidly transforming into a hotspot for food enthusiasts and shoppers, drawing attention to its eclectic mix of culinary and retail offerings. ITA Italian Kitchen serves up authentic Italian dishes in a cozy and welcoming atmosphere, making it a go-to spot for pasta lovers and those craving Mediterranean cuisine. Krewe, on the other hand, brings the vibrant spirit and flavors of New Orleans to Journal Square, offering a unique dining experience with its Creole and Cajun dishes. 15 Fox Place is a hidden gem, offering an intimate dining experience away from the hustle and bustle. Located in a unique private house, this reservation-only restaurant provides an exquisite menu that blends traditional recipes with contemporary culinary techniques, making every meal a memorable occasion.
On the cultural front, Journal Square is poised to become an even more significant hub of artistic and cultural activity with the anticipated opening of the Centre Pompidou Museum. This new addition is expected to bring world-class art exhibitions and cultural programs to the neighborhood, further enriching the local arts scene. Meanwhile, MANA Contemporary already offers a space for artistic inspiration and cultural enrichment. This established arts center is a creative ecosystem that houses galleries, artist studios, and exhibition spaces, providing a platform for contemporary artists to showcase their work.
The neighborhood’s retail landscape is also on the rise, with a mix of local boutiques and international brands setting up shop. This evolving retail scene promises a diverse shopping experience catering to a wide range of tastes and preferences. From unique fashion finds in boutique stores to the latest trends from global brands, Journal Square is becoming a destination for shoppers looking for variety and quality in their retail experiences.

Things to Do

Journal Square is a vibrant community that comes to life with its array of festivals and events, celebrating the diverse cultures that make up its fabric. The Bergen Square Day is an annual event that delves into the area's rich history, celebrating its heritage with activities, performances, and educational exhibits. The Egyptian Festival is another highlight, offering a taste of Egypt through food, music, and dance, allowing attendees to experience the culture's rich traditions. The JC Carnival Festival brings fun and excitement for all ages with rides, games, and live entertainment. These events are more than just celebrations; they're a testament to Journal Square's multicultural vibrancy, bringing people together to enjoy and learn from each other's traditions.
Nestled within Journal Square, Lincoln Park provides a much-needed green oasis for nature and recreational lovers. With its sports facilities, residents have access to a variety of athletic activities, from tennis courts to soccer fields, encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle. The dog park is a boon for pet owners, offering a space where dogs can play and socialize in a safe environment. For those looking to enjoy a peaceful day out, the park's picnic areas are perfect for gatherings with friends and family. The recent renovations have only enhanced Lincoln Park's appeal, making it a favorite spot for locals seeking recreational activities or a tranquil retreat from the city hustle. The park's well-maintained paths and scenic landscaping make it an ideal location for jogging, biking, or simply enjoying a leisurely walk, further cementing its status as a cherished community asset in Journal Square.


Journal Square benefits from a diverse array of educational institutions catering to families within the community. Notable schools include:
  • Liberty High School
  • County Prep High School
  • Beloved Community Charter School
  • University Academy Charter School High School
  • The Ethical Community Charter School 
  • Infinity Institute Middle School
  • Explorer Middle School
  • Empowerment Academy Charter School
  • Golden Door Charter School
  • Dr. Lena Edwards Academic Charter School
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Overview for Journal Square, NJ

21,711 people live in Journal Square, where the median age is 37 and the average individual income is $40,459. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Demographics and Employment Data for Journal Square, NJ

Journal Square has 9,338 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Journal Square do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 21,711 people call Journal Square home. The population density is 34,425.425 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Schools in Journal Square, NJ

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The following schools are within or nearby Journal Square. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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William L Dickinson High School
9th - 12th
Martin Luther King Junior School
PreK - 8th
Mahatma K. Gandhi School
PreK - 8th
St Elizabeth School & Child Care Center
K - K
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Jersey City Golden Door Charter School
PreK - 8th

Around Journal Square, NJ

There's plenty to do around Journal Square, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Grand Tea and Imports, Taqueria Gardenias, and Pump Pilates rePurposed.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining 3.8 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.16 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.75 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.2 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.15 miles 45 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.89 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars

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