New Jersey State Overview

By | October 5, 2022

The small but relatively densely populated state of New Jersey is located on the east coast of the United States of America. It covers an area of ​​22,608 km2. It borders the states of Pennsylvania and Delaware and directly connects to the New York metropolitan area. The coast of the state is washed by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. It got its name from the island of Jersey located in the English Channel. New Jersey joined the Union on December 18, 1787.

The surface of the state is mostly flat in the south with a very rugged coastline, where small islands and headlands form in Delaware Bay. Towards the north, lower hills rise, with the highest peak measuring 550 meters above sea level, sheltering numerous lakes. Approximately 40% of the country’s surface is covered by dense forests. The Delaware River and the Hudson River flow through it.

An important branch of the economy is the mining industry, mainly iron and zinc ores are mined here. The automotive, aviation, shipbuilding, chemical, petrochemical, textile and food industries are also important. In agriculture, the cultivation of corn, soybeans, potatoes and vegetables plays an important role. Cattle are raised here on a large scale, and the sphere of services, trade and tourism is also important. New Jersey is also famous for ice hockey, the city of Newark is home to the great American NHL ice hockey club New Jersey Devils.

According to TRACKAAH, around 8.5 million people live in New Jersey today, so the population density is very high – 438 people per square kilometer. About 72% of the population is white, 14% black, less than 6% Asian, and the remaining percentage is made up of Indians, mixed race and other races. Around 80% of the population are religious Christians, Protestants and Roman Catholics predominate. Approximately 4% are also represented by Jews, and 15% of the population has no religious affiliation.

The capital has been Trenton since 1790, where about 83,000 people live. It is also the county seat of Mercer County. Among the important cities of New Jersey is also Atlantic City. Gambling was legalized here in 1870, and gamblers from all corners of the country started coming here. According to COUNTRYAAH, other larger cities include Newark, Paterson, Elizabeth, Edison, Woodbridge, Hamilton and Camden.

Delaware National Scenic River

The Delaware River flowing through the state of New Jersey is one of the last major rivers in America that is not interrupted by a dam or other control structure along its main course. It is considered a river with exceptional water quality, therefore it has also been declared a protected river by the state and is under the protection of the National Park Service. The river crosses an area of low wooded mountains, but also crosses a mountain ridge, where it subsequently forms the interesting area of Water Gap.

The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area covers 280,000 hectares of land around the Delaware River in the state of New Jersey. The 64 km section of the Delaware River is designated for recreational purposes and thus crosses the counties of Sussex and Waren. The Appalachian Trail runs along the eastern border of the area.

The park is interesting primarily because the Delaware River has created beautiful geological formations here over the millennia. However, you can also enjoy beautiful nature, rural scenery, waterfalls, and the historic Millbrook Village is definitely worth a visit. Visitors can enjoy hiking, canoeing, swimming, biking, horseback riding, or camping. Hunting and fishing is allowed here only in season and on the basis of a state license. The park is open to the public every day throughout the year. The road to it can only be closed due to the amount of snow, ice, or other dangerous conditions.

The Delaware Water Gap is a popular destination for tourists from all over America, in 2009 Forbes Traveler magazine listed it as the 14th most visited destination in the US. Numerous copper mines from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries are located around the Delaware River, adding to its appeal. We also find the Abraham van Carpen house from 1725, which is the oldest house in Warren County.

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area covers 280,000 hectares of land around the Delaware River in the state of New Jersey. The area is managed by the National Park Service. The 64 km section of the Delaware River is designated for recreational purposes and thus crosses the counties of Sussex and Waren. The Appalachian Trail runs along the eastern border of the area.

The park is interesting primarily because the Delaware River has created beautiful geological formations here over the millennia. However, you can also enjoy beautiful nature, rural scenery, waterfalls, and the historic Millbrook Village is definitely worth a visit. Visitors can enjoy hiking, canoeing, swimming, biking, horseback riding, or camping. Hunting and fishing is allowed here only in season and on the basis of a state license. The park is open to the public every day throughout the year. The road to it can only be closed due to the amount of snow, ice, or other dangerous conditions.

The Delaware Water Gap is a popular destination for tourists from all over America, in 2009 Forbes Traveler magazine listed it as the 14th most visited destination in the US. Numerous copper mines from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries are located around the Delaware River, adding to its appeal. We also find the Abraham van Carpen house from 1725, which is the oldest house in Warren County.

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area