Geography & Demographics
||Total (Land + Water): 8,721 sq miles; Land Only: 7,417 sq miles|
|Number of Counties
||Eastern Time Zone|
||Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania|
|Highest Point||High Point, 1,803 feet|
|State Population (2015)||8,958,013|
|State Population Density||1,207.8 people / square mile|
||201, 551, 609, 732, 848, 856, 862, 908, 973|
|Top 5 Cities (2010 population)
Jersey City (247,597)
Government & Legislature
|State Dance||Square dance|
|State Dinosaur||Hadrosaurus foulkii|
|State Fish||Brook trout|
||Purple violet |
||Liberty and prosperity|
|State Shell||Knobbed whelk|
|State Ship||The A. J. Meerwald|
|Major Sports Teams
||NFL: New York Giants, New York Jets|
NHL: New Jersey Devils
|NCAA Division I Schools
Fairleigh Dickinson University (Northeast)
Monmouth University (Metro Atlantic Athletic)
New Jersey Institute of Technology (Atlantic Sun)
Princeton University (Ivy)
Rider University (Metro Atlantic Athletic)
Rutgers University (Big Ten)
Saint Peter's University (Metro Atlantic Athletic)
Seton Hall University (Big East)
Famous People Born In New Jersey
Nobel Prize Winners
- Nicholas Murray Butler (Peace, 1931)
- Dickinson W. Richards (Physiology or Medicine, 1956)
- Joshua Lederberg (Physiology or Medicine, 1958)
- Frederick Reines (Physics, 1995)
- A. Michael Spence (Economic Sciences, 2001)
United States Presidents
- Grover Cleveland (22nd and 24th President)
Pro Football Hall Of Fame Members
- Alex Wojciechowicz (Center, Linebacker. Inducted in 1968)
- Jim Ringo (Center. Inducted in 1981)
- Franco Harris (Running Back. Inducted in 1990)
- Lou Creekmur (Offensive Tackle, Offensive Guard. Inducted in 1996)
- Elvin Bethea (Defensive End. Inducted in 2003)
- Ed Sabol (Founder of NFL Films. Inducted in 2011)
- Bill Parcells (Coach. Inducted in 2013)
- Dave Robinson (Linebacker. Inducted in 2013)
New Jersey Fun Facts
- New Jersey was named after the Isle of Jersey, an island in the English Channel.
- The first officially recorded, organized baseball game was played in Hoboken, New Jersey, on June 19, 1846.
- New Jersey is one of only two states where self-service filling of gasoline is prohibited. The other is Oregon.
- The properties in the United States version of the board game Monopoly are named after the streets of Atlantic City, New Jersey.
- New Jersey has the most diners in the world and is often referred to as the “Diner Capital of the World.”
- The Union Watersphere, also known as the Union Water Tower, is the tallest water tower in the world. It is located in Union, New Jersey.
- The world's largest statue of a tooth (15 feet tall) is located in Trenton, New Jersey.
- Morristown National Historical Park, established in March, 1933, was the first national historic park in the United States.
- The first steam-powered ferry service in the United States began operation on October 11, 1811. The service was between Hoboken, New Jersey and Manhattan.
- The first balloon flight in America was made by Jean Pierre Blanchard. On January 9,1793, he landed a balloon at Deptford, New Jersey.
- On January 19, 1883, the first standardized incandescent electric lighting system with overhead wires began service in Roselle, New Jersey.
This page was last updated on August 29, 2016.