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Get to Know Princeton

Leafy Princeton has been synonymous with its namesake university for more than two centuries. For most of Princeton’s history, the municipality was divided into two: the Borough of Princeton, which contained most of Princeton University and the main shopping strip of Nassau Street, and Princeton Township, the surrounding suburbs. In 2013, the township and borough merged, and are now governed by one mayor and borough council. Princeton has long been considered the most preppy Ivy, but unlike the days when white flannel trousers and striped ties ruled, jeans and athleisure are now much more likely to appear on campus. But Princeton’s reputation as an intellectual powerhouse remains unchanged: Even residents who have no direct connection to the university often choose to live here because of its cultured and cosmopolitan environment. After all, this is a town where regulars at the coffee shop include Nobel Prize laureates and McArthur genius award-winners.

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Living in Mercer County

New Jersey’s Mercer County sits halfway between New York City and Philadelphia, with its western border demarcated by the Delaware River, with Pennsylvania’s Bucks County on the other side. The county’s biggest and most well-known city is Trenton, but it also has many other smaller boroughs and townships that contribute to Mercer County’s charm. Here, the lines between what’s urban, suburban, and rural often blur and where farmland can border Main Street. On country roads, you can still find unattended farm stands, selling vegetables and fruit on the honor system. You’ll also find the same famous Jersey corn and tomatoes, as well as locally pasture-raised meats, at the tables of some of the Jersey’s best restaurants in towns both big and small. And thanks to Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Study, Mercer County boasts as many geniuses as farmers, both groups inspired by the same beautiful sylvan settings.