Take a moment to read and enjoy these interesting facts about New Jersey. It’s a pretty cool state!

  1. New Jersey has the highest population density in the U.S. An average 1,030 people per sq. mi., which is 13 times the national average.
  2. New Jersey has the highest percent urban population in the U.S. with about 90% of the people living in an urban area.
  3. New Jersey is the only state where all its counties are classified as metropolitan areas.
  4. New Jersey has the most dense system of highways and railroads in the U.S.
  5. Picturesque Cape May holds the distinction of being the oldest seashore resort in the United States and one of the most unique.
  6. New Jersey has the most diners in the world and is sometimes referred to as the diner capital of the world.
  7. North Jersey has the most shopping malls in one area in the world with seven major shopping malls in a 25 sq. mile radius.
  8. Passaic river was the site to the first submarine ride by inventor John P. Holland.
  9. New Jersey has over 50 resort cities and towns, some of the nations most famous, Asbury park, Wildwood, Atlantic City, Seaside heights, Cape May.
  10. New Jersey is a major seaport state with the largest seaport in the U.S. located in Elizabeth.
  11. Jack Nicholson, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Redman, Das EFX, Naughty by Nature, Sugar Hill Gang, Lords of the Underground, Jason Alexander, Queen Latifa, Shaq, Judy Blume, Arron Burr, Whitney Houston, Eddie Money, Frank Sinatra, Grover Cleveland… all New Jersey natives.
  12. The light bulb, phonograph (record player), motion picture projector were invented by Thomas Edison in his Menlo Park laboratory.
  13. Atlantic City is where the street names came from for the game monopoly
  14. Atlantic City has the longest boardwalk in the world.
  15. New Jersey has the largest petroleum containment area outside of the Middle East countries.
  16. The first Indian reservation was in New Jersey.
  17. The first baseball game was played in Hoboken.
  18. The first intercollegiate football game was played in New Brunswick, in 1869. Rutgers College played Princeton. Rutgers won.
  19. The first Drive-In Movie theatre was opened in Camden.
  20. New Jersey has a spoon museum featuring over 5,400 spoons from every state and almost every country.
  21. Origin of name: From the Channel Isle of Jersey.
  22. Tourism is the second-largest industry in New Jersey.

Information provided by 50states.com.

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