New Jersey's Gold Coast consists of a string of communities on the west bank of the Hudson River, across from New York City in Hudson and Bergen counties. The term is a relatively new one and was coined by real estate agents, brokers, and developers in the 1980s who realized the investment potential of the area. It is infrequently, if ever, used outside the context of real-estate sales and marketing.
Part of the New York metropolitan area, the area has a population of approximately 600,000. and is made up of the following communities (from south to north):
Hudson County: Bayonne, Jersey City, Hoboken, Union City, Weehawken, West New York, Guttenberg, North Bergen
Bergen County: Fairview, Cliffside Park, Edgewater, Fort Lee, Englewood Cliffs