39 Interesting Facts About New Jersey

Last updated on July 10th, 2021

34. Edison, a township in Middlesex County, New Jersey, is the fifth-most populous municipality in the state. It was named for the legendary inventor Thomas Edison.[26]

35. New Jersey is slightly larger than the country of El Salvador and Djibouti.

36. Large swaths of northwestern and southern New Jersey are extremely rural; in spite of the fact that the state has the highest population density of any state in the U.S.

37. The state has 21 counties and 566 municipalities.

38. New Jersey is located about halfway between the Equator and the North Pole, on the eastern coast of the United States.[19]

39. Despite the fact that that New Jersey is one of the smallest states in the Union, it has five distinct climate regions – Northern, Central, Pine Barrens, Southwest, and Coastal.[19]

New Jersey – quick facts and state symbols

State AbbreviationNJ
State CapitalTrenton
Largest cityNewark
State SizeTotal (Land + Water): 8,721 sq miles; Land Only: 7,417 sq miles
(Estimate July 1, 2019 from United States Census Bureau)
StatehoodDecember 18, 1787
State rank by population11th
State rank by date of formation3rd
State rank by area47th
Number of Counties21
DemonymNew Jerseyan (official), New Jerseyite
Bordering StatesDelaware, New York, Pennsylvania
Official LanguageNone
Highest PointHigh Point
1,803 ft (549.6 m)
Lowest pointAtlantic Ocean
Sea level
Length 170 miles (273 km)
Width70 miles (112 km)
GovernorPhil Murphy (D)
Lieutenant GovernorSheila Oliver (D)
Electoral Votes14
State MottoLiberty and prosperity
State NicknameGarden State
% Water15.7
Nobel Prize WinnersJoshua Lederberg (Physiology or Medicine, 1958)
Frederick Reines (Physics, 1995)
A. Michael Spence (Economic Sciences, 2001)
Nicholas Murray Butler (Peace, 1931)
Dickinson W. Richards (Physiology or Medicine, 1956)
Famous PeopleDave Robinson (Pro Football Player)
Joe Medwick (Baseball Player)
Shaquille O'Neal (Basketball Player)
Paul Rudd (Actor)
Lauryn Hill (Singer)
Buzz Aldrin (Astronaut)
U.S. Presidents Born in New Jersey1. Stephen Grover Cleveland.
(the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms.)
State sloganCome See For Yourself
State seal

Seal of New Jersey.svg

State Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms of New Jersey.svg

State Quarter

New Jersey quarter

State ShipA. J. Meerwald

AJ Meerwald
State Dinosaur

Hadro bones.JPG

State vegetableTomato

Bright red tomato and cross section02.jpg

State MammalHorse

Nokota Horses cropped.jpg

State FishBrook trout

Old colored print of brook trout

State BirdEastern goldfinch

Male American Goldfinch in Lodi CA.JPG

State ButterflyBlack Swallowtail Butterfly

Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes) butterfly
State BugHoneybee

Apis mellifera Western honey bee.jpg

State FlowerViolet

State TreeRed oak

Tree Afire
State CryptidJersey Devil

Jersey Devil Philadelphia Post 1909.jpg

Longitude73° 54′ W to 75° 34′ W
Latitude38° 56′ N to 41° 21′ N
Time ZoneEastern Time Zone
Area Codes201, 551, 609, 732, 848, 856, 862, 908, 973
Table last updatedDecember 20, 2021