New Jersey Facts

New Jersey Facts
The State of New Jersey is located in the middle-Atlantic and northeastern United States. It shares state borders with New York State, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. New Jersey is the 47th largest state (fourth-smallest state) with 8,722 square miles. It is also the 11th most populated state with approximately 8,899,399 residents and it is ranked as the 1st most densely populated U.S. state. Prior to European settlement New Jersey's region was inhabited by Native American tribes. Dutch were the first, followed by British, and eventually in 1787, following the American Revolution, New Jersey became the third U.S. state by joining the Union.
Interesting New Jersey Facts:
James, Duke of York named New Jersey. He chose the name to honor Carteret, the Governor of Jersey = an island in the English Channel.
New Jersey's capital city is Trenton and its largest city is Newark.
New Jersey's nickname is the Garden State.
New Jersey's state motto is 'Liberty and Prosperity'.
New Jersey's state song is 'I'm From New Jersey'.
New Jersey residents are referred to as New Jerseyans and New Jerseyites.
New Jersey's officially adopted its state flag in 1896.
The state bird for New Jersey is the eastern goldfinch and the state insect is the honey bee.
New Jersey's state fish is the brook trout and the state mammal is the horse.
New Jersey's state flower is the purple violet and the state fruit is the blueberry.
New Jersey's state tree is the northern red oak.
Major industry in New Jersey includes tourism, insurance, petroleum products, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.
Major agriculture in New Jersey includes peaches, tomatoes and potatoes.
Major rivers in New Jersey include the Hudson River and the Delaware River.
Former U.S. President Grover Cleveland born in Caldwell, New Jersey in 1837. He served as the U.S. President from 1885 until 1889 and again from 1893 until 1897. He was both the 22nd and the 24th United States President.
Because of the high number of diners in New Jersey it is considered to be the diner capital of the world.
New Jersey is the largest chemical producer of all the U.S. states.
Elizabeth, New Jersey is home to the largest seaport in the U.S.
Thomas Edison invented the motion picture projector, the record player (phonograph) and the light bulb in his lab in Menlo Park, New Jersey.
The longest boardwalk in the world is in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
New Jersey was home to the first Indian reservation.
The tallest water tower in the world is in New Jersey.
Camden, New Jersey was home to the first drive-in movie theater.
The Miss America Pageant is held in Atlantic City, New Jersey each year.
The names for the streets in the Monopoly game were named after streets in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The oldest seaside resort in the U.S. is Cape May, New Jersey. Cape May is also considered to be one of the most unique resorts in the U.S. as well.
More cars are stolen in Newark, New Jersey than any other city in the world. New Jersey is considered to be the car theft capital of the world.
New Jersey has more toxic waste dumps than any other state. There are 108 of these dumps in the state.

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