Facts about New Jersey

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Statehood:  December 18, 1787, the 3rd state

Capital:  Trenton

Total Area:  46th among states, 22,608 sq km (8,729 sq mi)

Water Area:  2,062 sq km (796 sq mi)

Highest Point:  High Point, 550 m (1,803 ft)

Total Population:   11th among states
2010 census -  8,791,894

Population Density in 2010:  1,195.5 people per sq mi

Distribution in 2000:  93.5% Urban, 6.5% Rural

Gross State Product - $497 billion (2010)
Personal income per Capita - $50,313 (2009)

Largest cities in 2010: 
Newark:  277,140
Jersey City:  247,597
Paterson:  146,199

  • New Jersey firsts include the first professional basketball games in 1896 and the first college football game in 1869.

  • The first drive-in movie theater opened in 1933 outside of Camden.

  • The first dinosaur skeleton discovered in North America was found in Haddonfield, New Jersey in 1858.
  • About one-sixth of all drugs manufactured in the United States come from New Jersey.

  • No other state has as dense a system of highways and railroads as New Jersey.

  • New Jersey is the nation's most densely populated state.

  • Modern paleontology, the science of studying dinosaur fossils, began in 1858 with the discovery of the first nearly-complete skeleton of a dinosaur in Haddonfield, New Jersey. The Hadrosaurus is the official New Jersey state dinosaur.

  • The state seashell is the knobbed whelk, (Busycon carica gmelin) because it is found on all beaches and bays of New Jersey.

  • The light bulb, phonograph (record player), motion picture projector were invented by Thomas Edison in his Menlo Park laboratory.

  • New Jersey is a leading industrial state and is the largest chemical producing state in the nation.

  • New Jersey has over 50 resort cities and towns, some of the nations most famous, Asbury park, Wildwood, Atlantic City, Seaside heights, Cape May.

  • New Jersey is home to the Miss America pageant held in Atlantic City.