New Jersey Facts



New Jersey Location In The US New Jersey State Map

Geography & Demographics

State Abbreviation NJ
State Capital Trenton
State Size Total (Land + Water): 8,721 sq miles; Land Only: 7,417 sq miles
Number of Counties 21
Time Zone Eastern Time Zone
Bordering States Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania
Highest PointHigh Point, 1,803 feet
National ParksNone
State Population (2015)8,958,013
State Population Density1,207.8 people / square mile
Area Codes 201, 551, 609, 732, 848, 856, 862, 908, 973
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Newark (277,140)
Jersey City (247,597)
Paterson (146,199)
Elizabeth (124,969)
Edison (99,967)

Government & Legislature

Statehood Dec. 18, 1787
Electoral Votes14
State Flag New Jersey State Flag
GovernorOfficial New Jersey Governor Website
U. S. SenatorsList of U. S. Senators From New Jersey
U. S. RepresentativesList of U. S. Representatives From New Jersey
State SenatorsList of New Jersey State Senators
State Assembly MembersList of New Jersey State Assembly Members
State GovernmentOfficial Site
State ConstitutionNew Jersey State Constitution
Road ConditionsNew Jersey Road Conditions
State Quarter Issue Date May 17, 1999

State Symbols

State AnimalHorse
State Bird Eastern goldfinch
State BugHoneybee
State DanceSquare dance
State DinosaurHadrosaurus foulkii
State FishBrook trout
State Flower Purple violet
State FruitBlueberry
State Motto Liberty and prosperity
State Nickname Garden State
State ShellKnobbed whelk
State ShipThe A. J. Meerwald
State Tree Red oak

Sports Teams

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)

Taxes

State Gas Tax$0.1450 / Gallon
State Cigarette Tax$2.70 / Pack

Points of Interest

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)

Baseball Hall Of Fame Players

  • Billy Hamilton (Center Fielder. Inducted in 1961)
  • Goose Goslin (Left Fielder. Inducted in 1968)
  • Joe Medwick (Left Fielder. Inducted in 1968)

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame Players

  • Don Barksdale (Center-Forward. Inducted in 1981)
  • Rick Barry (Forward. Inducted in 1987)
  • Carol Blazejowski (Guard. Inducted in 1994)
  • Bennie Borgmann (Guard. Inducted in 1961)
  • Anne Donovan (Center. Inducted in 1995)
  • Tom Heinsohn (Center-Forward. Inducted in 1986)
  • Shaquille O'Neal (Center. Inducted in 2016)
  • Dennis Rodman (Forward. Inducted in 2011)
  • John Roosma (Guard. Inducted in 1961)

Famous Actors And Actresses

  • Michael Douglas
  • Bebe Neuwirth
  • Paul Rudd
  • Kevin Spacey
  • Meryl Streep

Famous Singers

  • Lauryn Hill
  • Whitney Houston
  • Jon Bon Jovi
  • Paul Simon
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Nancy Sinatra
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Dionne Warwick

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.

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