New Jersey Facts

New Jersey Facts

New Jersey is one of the 50 states of the United States of America. It became the 3rd state when it entered the Union on December 18, 1787.

More Facts about New Jersey:

  • State Flag: Adopted on March 26, 1896

  • State Motto: "Liberty and Prosperity"

  • State Capital: Trenton

  • State Abbreviation: NJ

  • State Name of Residents: New Jerseyites or New Jerseyans

  • Date State Entered the Union: December 18, 1787 and became the 3rd state

  • State Size: 8,722 square miles being the 47th largest state

  • State Folk Dance: Square dance

  • State Nick Name: Garden State

  • State Tree: Red oak

  • State Flower: Purple violet

  • State Fruit: Blueberry

  • State Mammal: Horse

  • State Bird: Eastern goldfinch

  • State Fish: Brook trout

  • State Seashell: Knobbed whelk

  • State Insect: Honey bee

  • State Dinosaur: Hadrosaurus foulkii

  • State Major Rivers: Delaware River, Hudson River

  • State Highest Point: High Point - 1,803 feet above sea level. It is located in the northernmost part of New Jersey

  • Bordering States: New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware

  • State Bordering Body of Water: Atlantic Ocean

  • State Name Origin: The state of New Jersey was named by James, Duke of York (the brother of King Charles II of England), who was given New Jersey by his brother.

  • State Largest City: Newark

  • State Other Largest Cities: Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth, Toms River, Edison, Trenton, Camden, Clifton, Cherry Hill

  • State Number of Counties: 21

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