Population: 8,908,520 (Source: 2012 U.S. Census)
Major Cities: Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth, Edison, Woodbridge
Borders: Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, Atlantic Ocean
Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $508,003 million (2012 U.S. Department of Commerce)
Agriculture including potatoes, peaches, and fishing
Pharmaceuticals, finance, chemicals, telecommunications, and tourism
How New Jersey got its name: New Jersey was named after the British island of Jersey in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy. The name was chosen in honor of one of its founders Sir George Carteret who was from Jersey
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New Jersey State Symbols
State Nickname: Garden State
State Slogan: Come See For Yourself
State Motto: Liberty and prosperity
State flower: Violet
State bird: Eastern Goldfinch
State fish: Brook trout
State tree: Red Oak
State mammal: Horse
State foods: Highbush Blueberry
Becoming a State
Date admitted: December 18, 1787
Number admitted: 3
Prior Name: Province of New Jersey, then sovereign state in Confederation
Postal Abbreviation: NJ
The Geography of New Jersey
Total Size: 7,417 sq. miles (source: 2003 Census)
Geographical Low Point: Atlantic Ocean at Sea Level (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Geographical High Point: High Point at 1,803 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Sussex (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Central Point: Located in Mercer County approx. 5 miles southeast of Trenton (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Counties: 21 (source: National Association of Counties)
Bodies of Water: Atlantic Ocean, Delaware Bay, Hudson River, Delaware River
- Buzz Aldrin - Astronaut
- Judy Blume - Author of young adult books
- Grover Cleveland - The 22nd and 24th President of the United States
- David Copperfield - Magician
- Michael Douglas - Actor
- Thomas Edison - Inventor who had his famous lab in Menlo Park, New Jersey
- Whitney Houston - Singer
- Derek Jeter - Baseball player for the New York Yankees
- Jon Bon Jovi - Rock singer for the band Bon Jovi
- Jack Nicholson - Actor
- Shaquille O'Neal - Professional basketball player
- Queen Latifah - Actress and rapper
- Bill Parcells - NFL football coach
- Frank Sinatra - Singer and actor
- Bruce Springsteen - Rock singer and songwriter
- Meryl Streep - Actress
- Dave Thomas - Founder of Wendy's fast-food restaurant
- Over 100 battles have been fought on New Jersey soil.
- New Jersey has the greatest population density of any state, making it the most crowded.
- New Jersey is a state of inventions. The FM Radio, the light bulb, the motion picture camera, and transistors were all invented in New Jersey.
- The Atlantic City Boardwalk was the world's first boardwalk.
- New Jersey is named after the Isle of Jersey, an island located off the coast of Normandy, France.
- The streets on the game of Monopoly are named after streets in Atlantic City.
- The first professional basketball game was played in Trenton in 1896 between the Trenton YMCA and the Brooklyn YMCA. Players were paid $15 each.
- President Grover Cleveland was born in New Jersey. Other famous people from New Jersey include Bruce Springsteen, Judy Blume, Bon Jovi, and Frank Sinatra.
- Other nicknames include the Clam State and the Diner Capital of the World.
Professional Sports Teams
- New Jersey Devils - NHL (hockey)
- New York Giants - NFL (football)
- New York Jets - NFL (football)
- New York Red Bulls - MLS (soccer)
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