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New Jersey

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Location of New Jersey State


Capital: Trenton

Population: 8,864,590 (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)

Key Industries:
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

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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

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