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Indians in New Jersey

New Jersey is home to a huge number of Indian-Americans.

Their numbers have grown significantly over the last two decades and now approaches the 300,000 mark.

 Annakoot During Diwali
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Annakut during Diwali

Where are Indians in New Jersey?

It's no secret Indians are the largest Asian immigrant group in New Jersey.

According to the 2010 Census, there were 292,256 Indians in New Jersey.

Size of Indians and Asians in New Jersey image © NJIndia.us

While Indians are to be found all over New Jersey, their most significant presence is in Middlesex County.

There are 104,705 Indians in Middlesex County.

Most Indians in New Jersey are immigrants.

What Do NJ Indians Do?

There are three categories of Indians in New Jersey.

The first category comprises of professionals like Doctors, Engineers, Software Programmers, Attorneys, Scientists, University Professors etc. This category of Indians typically have a household income of over $100,000 per year. Often members of this elite group own two houses (one in New Jersey and a second home in India), drive luxury cards like BMW, Lexus and Mercedes Benz and vacation in hot spots of Europe, South America and Asia.

The second group of Indians comprises of businessmen. These are typically restaurateurs, owners of convenience stores like 7-11, gas station owners, motel owners, fashion boutique owners on Oak Tree Road, jewelers, travel agents and small contractors.

The last group of Indian workers in New Jersey are engaged in blue collar work as restaurant waiters, housekeepers, gas station workers, making coffee and bagels at fast food stores etc.

New Jersey Indian Restaurants

In recent years, there's been an explosion in the number of Indian restaurants in New Jersey.

Dozens of Indian restaurants have cropped up in Edison, Iselin, Jersey City, South Plainfield, Atlantic City and other New Jersey cities.

Vegetarian or non-vegetarian, Chettinad or Gujarati, you can be sure to find 'em all in New Jersey.

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296 Rt 46
Parsippany, NJ 07054

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3528 Brunswick Pike
Princeton, NJ 08540

Hindu Temples

Besides the Indian restaurants, clothing and jewelry stores there are several Hindu Temples and Gurdwaras to cater to spiritual needs of the growing Indian community.

Balaji Temple in Bridgewater, Swaminarayan Temples in Cherry Hill, Somerset and Edison, and Gurdwaras in Deptford, Mercerville and Bridgewater are some of the prominent Indian religious institutions in New Jersey.

Bollywood Movies

Hey, the Indian community is so large in New Jersey that the mainstream American cinema houses like Regal Commerce Center in North Brunswick, South Plainfield and Burlington, and AMC in New Brunswick, Jersey City, Elizabeth and Multiplex Cinemas in East Windsor screen Hindi, Tamil, Telugu movies week after week.

There are also two Indian cinema houses on Oak Tree Road in Edison (Big Cinemas Movie City) and on Kennedy Blvd in North Bergen (Big Cinemas) that screen almost every new Hindi, Telugu and Tamil movie.

Whether it's Rajinikant's Kochadaiiyaan, SRK's Happy New Year, or Ranbir Kapoor's Roy, you can be sure the movie will release in New Jersey on the same date as India.

Your best starting point before you explore the many splendors of Indian cuisine and culture is NJIndia.us with its reviews of several restaurants in the area, Hindi and Tamil movie reviews and more.

Whether you're craving Hyderabad Dum Biryani, Pongal, Chicken Chettinad, Samosa Chaat, Andhra Tandoori Chicken, Pesarattu or just looking to buy Binny Silk Sarees or Sherwanis, Churidars or gold jewelry, costume jewelry, or eyeing cheap tickets to go home to India in New Jersey, start your exploration with NJIndia.us.

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