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A Princeton Profile - University, Degrees, Work, Retirement, and Best Attractions That Include the Healthline Bus

Updated on August 7, 2012
Princeton Battlefield State Park
Princeton Battlefield State Park | Source

Energy Production and Energy In Retirement

Princeton, New Jersey is home to one of the top universities in world and the mythical Princeton Plainsboro Hospital of the medical drama series House, M.D. The town offers one of the best opportunities for happy retirement in the USA as well. Princeton is ranked as the 7th Best Place to Retire in America in terms of staying young and active.

If this were not good news enough, Princeton set itself in place to become a top energy producer in the 2010s. City leaders accomplished this placement by facilitating the purchase a successful rival energy company.

Princeton's NRG Energy Inc. used $1,700,000,000 ($1.7 Billion) to purchase GenOn Energy Inc. This creates the largest single American independent electricity generator. This is the largest independent producer of electricity in the country and will produce increasing numbers of jobs in the 2010s. This provides a stronger base for continuing consistent energy and other services to retirees. Princeton is a solid place to retire as well as to work.

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Live, Work and Retire in Princeton

Princeton, New Jersey is made up of a borough and a township that will combine in 2013 to become one governmental entity. The area has been names a Best Place to Retire and a best Place to Live and Work in the 2000s and 2010s by and CNN Money.

The history of the area includes the Lenape Native American Nation, Quaker Settlements, Revolutionary War action and other events that have given rise to a number of places now on the US National register of Historical Places. A number of festivals, tours, and other events commemorate these milestones (see Selected Area Attractions below).

Princeton is a college town that has drawn other important companies intro the area. These include the Institute for Advanced Study, Educational Testing Service (ETS), Siemens Corporate Research, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Sarnoff Corporation, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Berlitz International, and Dow Jones & Company as well as others. College towns have often proven to be best cities for work, life. and active retirement.

Energy and sustainability are two foci of town and business leadership, along with the jobs they will bring.

Revolutionary War History

The Battle of Princeton by John Trumbull. Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.
The Battle of Princeton by John Trumbull. Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. | Source

Selected Area Attractions

Farm Markets and U-Pick Farms Near Princeton

Evergreen Farm

  • Crops to pick - Asian Pears, White peaches, Korean grapes, others
  • Peach Blossom Festival every spring
  • 1023 Yardville-Allentown Road, Hamilton Township, NJ 08620. Phone: (609) 259-0029

Lee Turkey Farm

  • Crops to pick - Just about anything! Includes flowers as well as fruits, vegetables, and turkeys (already oven-ready).
  • Roadside Market and U-Pick open May through December
  • Special events like a pumpkin patch, corn made, and hayrides.
  • 201 Hickory Corner Road, East Windsor, NJ. Phone: (609) 448-0629

Terhune Orchards

  • Crops to pick - Large variety
  • Special events like birthday and holiday parties
  • 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ 08540. Phone: 609-924-2310

Princeton University in 1895
Princeton University in 1895 | Source


New Jersey Transit for Princeton is singular in its provision of dedicated Bus Route 655 to the major healthcare facilities in the city (the Healthline).

In addition to the great Healthline bus route, Princeton has the free B, a free bus line during regular commuter hours of about 5:30 AM - 9:00 PM though Downtown Princeton. Very few communities have such services.

Princeton University operates Tiger Transit buses around the university campus and adjacent areas of Princeton borough. In support of campus sustainability, Tiger Transit buses are low-floor, fully accessible, and run on B20 biodiesel fuel. Bike racks are also provided. Real Time GPS tracking for these buses is available through a SmartPhone App.

Retirement Living

A number of upscale housing developments have emerged for upper income level retirees in Princeton, bu the area also supports 55+ Active Living Communities as well. Some of those include:

Montgomery Hills

  • 802 McKinley Court Princeton New Jersey 08540; Phone (609) 788-3708

Princeton Windrows

  • 2000 Windrow Drive; Princeton, NJ 08540; Phone 609-520-3700

Toll Brothers, Princeton Manor

  • 3 Huntington Court, Kendall Park, NJ 08824; Phone 732-821-0288


Bristol-Myers Squibb Community Health Center

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Healthcare System

While television's Princeton Plainsboro Hospital does not exist, plenty of others offer top notch services in this part of New Jersey.

The Princeton Healthcare System includes NJ Transit's public bus line 655, called the Healthline. Its motto is The quickest way from here to health. The bus runs a loop from Princeton to Plainsboro, hitting all the major health facilities as well as he train station and shopping malls. Bus fare is reasonable at $1.50 or $0.70 for Seniors and children under 12. Free tickets are available to those who need them and provide documentation.

An official mayor's Neighborhood Healthcare Information Center is established at 281 Witherspoon Street on the lower level, phone (609) 853-6200.

The newest health facility, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Community Health Center, opening in the spring of 2012 with hours available six days per week. Extended hours were added to several evenings and Saturday. Medical residents on staff come from the famous Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and work under experienced certified physicians. This facility offers newer as well as traditional health programs and services, including a Sleep Center for sleep disorders, Hospice, and rehabilitation options.

With the opening of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Community Health Center, the healthcare complex of Princeton probably surpassed the fictional Princeton-Plainsboro Hospital on House MD.

Retirement Jobs Available

Numbers of jobs available in Princeton NJ have remained fairly stable for the 12 months from August 2011 to August 2012. During August 2012, over 55,000 jobs listings were available for the Princeton Area. Jobs listed as "50+ age friendly" include these high demand job titles for the general population:

  • Accounting Managers
  • Accounting Clerks
  • Data Analysts
  • Customer Service Representatives
  • Business Analysts
  • Project Managers
  • Engineers
  • HR Recruiters
  • Administrative Assistants, Proofreaders, similar
  • Assembly Workers

Adecco employment services company is the employer listing the largest numbers of job listings available for Active Seniors as well as the general public in Princeton.


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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      "Snow storms" does not sound good! Is your part of Texas snow-free, Marcy?

      josh3418 - Yes, there is always balance to be had, except in the worst cases. :)

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      As always, your hub is packed with information. I'd never thought of New Jersey as a retirement spot, but I can see how it offers access to a lot of resources. I was born in that state, but we left when I was a baby, and I haven't been back since I was about four. I do recall my parents talking about some massive snow storms, though!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania


      Fascinating hub on New Jersey! For some reason or another, I am always hearing bad news and reports about New Jersey. This review has balance it out a little bit more! Thanks for all the useful information Patty!

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I should have looked at the weather as well, to see how winters are for retirees. How are you Sandy?

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      Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      A long ways away from where I live. Looks like a great place for education.

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I am envious of your Princeton adventures! :)

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      You did Princeton justice. It is a fabulous place. I am there all the time and I adore everything about it. Up and awesome!

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Apartment rentals tend to be higher than in the Midwest, but the location and attractions are great and the transportation and healthcare systems are extraordinary. Thanks for reading!

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Wow, I would never have even considered retiring in New Jersey. Great hub, Patty and very interesting! :)