By: Nick Wallace |

Elizabeth, NJ

Located just south of Newark Airport, Elizabeth is a hidden gem for shoppers in the New York City metro area. It is New Jersey’s largest Urban Enterprise Zone, which means many retailers can charge sales tax rates that are half the normal state 7% sales tax. Furthermore, New Jersey does not tax sales of clothing.

Thanks in part to that friendly sales tax environment, Elizabeth is home to The Mills at Jersey Gardens, which is the state’s largest outlet mall. Elizabeth also has every bargain hunter’s favorite furniture store: Ikea.

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