Bruce Springsteen in "Springsteen On Broadway" talks about how he "had to get out, he had to hit the highway, I'm a road running man, I got the white line fever in my veins, I've got to run run run, I'm never coming back" then he pauses and says "I live 10 minutes from where I grew up."

Bruce's not the only one.

Johnny Cash once sang "I've Been Everywhere Man." If he grew up in New Jersey, he could have easily applied those lyrics to the Garden State. Most people who are born in New Jersey stay in New Jersey, although lately, some would say our biggest export is population.

According to a new study by the U.S. Census Bureau and Harvard University released Monday, millennials don't stray far from where they grew up. The New York Post Article says, "The study found that by age 26 more than two-thirds of young adults in the U.S. lived in the same area where they grew up, 80% had moved less than 100 miles (161 kilometers) away and 90% resided less than 500 miles (804 kilometers) away."

I think that's true not only of millennials but for people of all ages. When I grew up in Union City, most of those who moved away stayed in close proximity. Many moved to Bergen County. Some like my family moved farther away to what would become "Central Jersey" settling in Marlboro.

When I was old enough to get my own place, I moved to Old Bridge, which is about 15 minutes away. Now I live about 25 minutes away. My sister now lives in Manalapan the next town over.

There's something about growing up and living in New Jersey that makes you want to stay here. New Jersey is our comfort zone, our wheelhouse, if you will. So I asked my New Jersey 101.5 listeners and social media following, where are the many places you lived in New Jersey, and most didn't stray too far from home.

Gail M.

Union City
West Orange
Woodbridge - Still here and will never leave

Alvin P. Williams Memorial Park, Woodbridge/Google Maps
Alvin P. Williams Memorial Park, Woodbridge/Google Maps

Giulio P.

Union City
Ortley Beach - Present

Ortley Beach Water tower, Ortley Beach/Google Maps
Ortley Beach Water tower, Ortley Beach/Google Maps

Jeanette G.S.

Born: Edison JFK Hospital
Highland Park
South Amboy
Old Bridge
Laurence Harbor
Phillipsburg - Present

South Main street, Phillipsburg/Google Maps
South Main Street, Phillipsburg/Google Maps

Jeri F.

Born St Frances
Moved to mercerville
then got married and moved to Burlington City 1987
moved to Bordentown 1996
then back to Hamilton in 2009 - Present

Grounds fo Sculpture, Hamilton/Google Maps
Grounds fo Sculpture, Hamilton/Google Maps

Chipps C.

Born in Newark
lived in Lyndhurst, Carlstadt, Moonachie
Edgewater - Present

Jerry R.

Born in Jersey City
lived in Union City, Secaucus, Bayonne, Clifton
and then back to Secaucus - Present

Thomas M.

Born in Hoboken
Lived in Union City, Wayne, Clifton, Totowa, Newark, Piscataway, Paterson, Toms River, Lakehurst
Bayville - Present

Park Avenue, Union City/Google Maps
Park Avenue, Union City/Google Maps

Eric B.

Born in Philadelphia
moved up with family to Lawrence Township
back to Lawrence Township - Present

Keith V.

Born in Teaneck
Lived in Teaneck, Oradell, Cliffside Park, Fort Lee, and Edgewater
Princeton - Present

Lynn M.

Born and raised in Bayonne
lived in Sayreville
Cream Ridge - Present
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These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey

A trip to New Jersey doesn't have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible trails, waterfalls, and lakes to enjoy.

From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.

Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.

If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.

Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.

You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.

Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.

Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.

I asked our listeners for their suggestions of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions:

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New Jersey's least populated municipalities, according to the 2020 Census. This list excludes Pine Valley, which would have been the third-smallest with 21 residents but voted to merge into Pine Hill at the start of 2022.

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