New Jersey

Last Updated: April 17, 2021


The state of New Jersey is in the Mid-Atlantic and North-eastern regions of the United States. New Jersey was one of the thirteen colonies that boycotted against British rule in the American Revolution and on December 18, 1787, New Jersey became the third state to ratify the United States Constitution. The state is inferred as “The crossroads of the American Revolution” because several battles took place in the state. 

It is the fourth-smallest state by area, but the eleventh most populous state and is the most densely populated of the 50 states. Its bordering states are in the north and east by the state of New York, on the east, southeast, and south by the Atlantic Ocean, on the west by the Delaware River and Pennsylvania and the Southwest by Delaware.

Trenton is the capital of New Jersey, while its largest city is Newark. Some of the largest cities in New Jersey are Newark, Jersey City, Paterson and Elizabeth including many others. The state is full of skyscrapers and as of 2020, New Jersey was home to the highest number of millionaire Per Capita of all U.S. states.

Well, talking about education so New Jersey is on the top. Education Week, in 2019 and 2020, ranked New Jersey’s public school system No.1 in the overall country. The state is home to one of the most prominent and ancient educational institutions: The Ivy League Princeton University. The well-known inventor, Thomas Edison invented the first electric light bulb at his home in Menlo Park, New Jersey in 1879.

The economy of the state is also significantly strong. Some industries that contribute to the state’s economy are the Pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology, information technology, the financial industry, tourism, chemical development, telecommunications, food processing, electric equipment, printing and publishing.

There are charming natural and cultural attractions in the state. In 2018, 111 million people visited the state, providing the state’s economy with 44.7 billion in tourism revenue. The state is worth taking time to explore. Some of the top tourist’s destinations in the state are Atlantic City’s Boardwalk, Cape May, Liberty State Park, Princeton Battlefield State Park and Institute for Advanced Study, Battleship New Jersey, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Thomas Edison National Historical Park, Grounds for Sculpture, Morey’s Piers, Liberty Science Centre etc.

Key Facts:

  • In 2020, about 829,900 people were working in the trade, transportation and utility industry in New Jersey which is the most out of any other industry.
  • The education and health services industry employed the second-highest number of people at about 666,500 employees.
  • In 2019, the real GDP of New Jersey grew by 3.6 percent.
  • The Per Capita real GDP of New Jersey stood at 63, 492 in 2019.
  • The real GDP of New Jersey in 2019 was $563.95 billion.
  • In 2020, the unemployment rate in New Jersey was at 9.8 percent.