It is not for nothing that New Jersey is nicknamed the “Garden State”: The state between New York City and Philadelphia is home to countless people who commute daily from green mansion districts to the metropolises.
- New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the United States.
- In 2018 he had the highest density of millionaires in the country.
- Politically, New Jersey is one of the “blue” (democratic) states
Trenton – New Jersey is a state of contrasts. In the northeast, the huge docks on the Hudson River and suburbs of New York City dominate. Inside, however, the Garden State is rural, green and extremely well-kept.
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New Jersey: Formation and History
After the discovery of the New World, the Dutch and Swedes first settled on the Atlantic coast between the Hudson and Delaware Rivers. In 1664 the entire region fell to the British Crown. The area between the rivers was named New Jersey after the island of the same name in the English Channel. This had stood on the side of the royalists in the English civil war ended in 1651.
In 1776, New Jersey was one of the 13 colonies that signed the Declaration of Independence. In the following war against the English, numerous battles were fought in the area of New Jersey and led to the nickname “Crossroads of the American Revolution”.
After the founding of the USA, countless immigrants poured into the region for decades, driving the growth of the population. Today New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the United States – with around 389 people per square kilometer. A study found that in 2019 it also had the highest density of millionaires in the USA (around 9% of all households).
New Jersey and its economy
The Port of New York and New Jersey is the most important port on the US east coast and an important pillar of the regional economy. While traditional industries like steel construction and shipbuilding lost importance in the 21st century, New Jersey was able to establish itself as an important location for pharmaceutical and biotechnological products.
Tourism along the Atlantic coast around Atlantic City also generates nearly 45 billion US dollars for the state’s economy every year. Agriculture also plays a major role: New Jersey is the second largest producer of blueberries and the third largest producer of cranberries and spinach in the USA.
New Jersey: Geography and Major Cities
The Delaware River forms the entire western border of New Jersey, in the northeast it is the Hudson River. In the southeast, numerous seaside resorts line the Atlantic coast, including the seaside resort of Atlantic City, which is famous for its casinos.
Although New Jersey has the highest population density in the United States, there is not a large metropolis on state territory. According to COUNTRYAAH.COM, the largest city in New Jersey is Newark on the Hudson River, which itself has only 282, 000 inhabitants. The contrast is even clearer in neighboring Bergen County, where almost a million people live in 70 parishes. Both belong to the New York City Metropolitan Area. Many residents commute to work in Manhattan across the Hudson every day.
Outside of the densely populated area on the Hudson, the geography of New Jersey is more rural. Small, well-kept cities with lots of green shape the image of the “Garden State” between New York and Philadelphia. Great Bay, where the Mullica River meets the Atlantic, is one of the largest and most important wetlands in the United States.
New Jersey: Population and Elections
The long history of New Jersey is shaped by immigration from all over the world. Around 54% of the population today describes themselves as white, 15% as black, just under 21% as Latin / Hispanic and 10% as Asian.
In the last presidential election, New Jersey was considered a democratic bastion. The last election a Republican candidate won was in 1988 when George Bush got 56. 2% of the vote. In 2016, Hillary Clinton received 55% of the vote and Donald Trump only 41%.