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New Jersey Geography

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New Jersey Geography: Location

Using a USA map and the following New Jersey Geography information, find New Jersey.

West and South of New York City, New Jersey extends southward along the Atlantic Ocean. Its southern tip juts into the Delaware Bay. States that border New Jersey are New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

Location: 40.223N, 74.764W

Statehood: December 18, 1787

Would you like to share about your favorite place or event in New Jersey or read about what other visitors have said about New Jersey? Follow the link or scroll down to the bottom of this page.


Trenton, New Jersey

                             New Jersey State Bird: Eastern Goldfinch

 Fun Facts

  • New Jersey has the most dense system of highways and railroads in the U.S
  • New Jersey has the most diners in the world
  • New Jersey has the most shopping malls in one area in the world with seven major shopping malls in a 25 sq. mile radius
  • New Jersey is a major seaport state with the largest seaport in the U.S. located in Elizabeth

Wow! Seafood, shopping and lots of ways to get around. Anyone up for a road trip?

New Jersey Geography Elizabeth
Elizabeth, NJ
  • The light bulb, phonograph, motion picture projector were invented by Thomas Edison in his Menlo Park laboratory
  • New Jersey has the tallest water tower in the world
  • New Jersey has a spoon museum
  • Parsippany has been known as Tree City USA 

Thomas Edison's first industrial research lab was built in Menlo Park, New Jersey. It was built with the funds from the sale of Edison's telegraph. This lab was the first institution set up with the specific purpose of producing technological innovation and improvement.

New Jersey Geography Menlo Park NJ Edison's lab

                        New Jersey State Folk Dance:  Square Dance

New Jersey Geography: Largest Cities

 (2005 est.)

  • Newark, 280,666
  • Jersey City, 239,614
  • Paterson, 149,843
  • Elizabeth, 125,809
  • Trenton, 84,639
  • Camden 80,010
  • Clifton 79,922

                                 New Jersey State Shell: Knobbed Whelk

New Jersey Geography: Industry

Important Industries in New Jersey are:
  • Chemicals
  • Research
  • Oil Refineries
  • Farmland
  • Cranberries, Blueberries and Peaches
  • Tourism

                           New Jersey State Tree: Northern Red Oak


My guess is that there are some awesome seafood recipes that have their origin in New Jersey.

Here is a New Jersey challenge research question.... What types of fish can be found at a New Jersey Fresh Fish Market?

As Diner Capital of the world, besides fish, what do people from New Jersey eat? I'm a midwestern girl and I'd love to know. If you know, share a recipe or insights below. Thanks.

                  New Jersey Geography Note: New Jersey has 21 counties.

 New Jersey Geography: Field Trip Ideas and Destinations

Great Swamp National WIldlife Refuge
Clinton Historical Museum Village (Mid 18th Century life style)
Morristown National Historic Park (18th Century farmhouse/garden)
Wallace House
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Turkey Swamp Park
Wharton State Forest
Edwin B. Forsythe Wildlife Refuge
Island Beach State Park
Wheaton Village (Glass making and architecture)
Dennis Creek Wildlife Management Area
Fort Mott State Park (Civil War)
Double Trouble State Park (Pine Barrens-woods, marshes, cranberries)
Cape May Point State Park (ponds, marshes, dunes, woodlands, WWII history, Birds and Quartz(Cape May Diamonds))

          Monmouth Battlefield New Jersey                               Cape May Wetlands New Jersey
            Monmouth Battlefield                                   Cape May Marshland

                                    New Jersey State Flower: Violet

New Jersey Geograpy:  LANDFORMS

Pine Barrens

     NJ Pine Barrens Batsto River       Pine Barrens Lake Atsion          Sams View Pine Barrens

The Great Swamp

Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge 2 NJ         Great Swamp New Jersey       Great Swamp New Jersey

Sandy Hook

                     Sandy Hook Bridge work            Sandy Hook Lighthouse        

New Jersey Geography: Topography

Mostly flat, but New Jersey also has Appalachian Highlands, flat topped NE-SW mountain ranges.

What else will you find in New Jersey?

Piedmont plateau
Low plains broken by high ridges
Coastal plain which covers three-fifths of the state in the southeast and gradually rises to gentle slopes.

                           New Jersey State Motto: Liberty and Prosperity

Places of Interest to Homeschoolers

By Homeschoolers

New Jersey sounds like a fantastic place. Have you been there? Do you live there? Is there a special New Jersey place or event that you love to go to.
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New Jersey State Song

I'm From New Jersey

Written & Music
by Red Mascara

I know of a state
that's a perfect playland
 with white sandy beaches
by the sea;
With fun-filled mountains, lakes and parks, and folks
with hospitality;
With historic towns
 where battles were fought, and presidents have
 made their home;
It's called New Jersey,
and I toast and tout it wherever I may roam.
'Cause . . .

First Chorus

and I'm proud about it,
I love the Garden State.
and I want to shout it,
I think it's simply great.
All of the other states throughout the nation
may mean a lot to some;
But I wouldn't want another, Jersey is like no other,
 I'm glad that's
where I'm from.
Second Chorus

If you want glamour,
try Atlantic City
or Wildwood by the sea;
Then there is
Trenton, Princeton,
and Fort Monmouth,
 they all made history.
Each little town
has got that certain something,
from High Point
to Cape May;
And some place like Mantoloking, Phillipsburg,
 or Hoboken will steal your heart away.

New Jersey Turnpike nearTrenton

Turnpike near Trenton

Craftsman Farms Parsippany NJ
Main house at Craftsman Farms in Parsippany, NJ. Gustav Stickley organized
a sustainable community
 here in the early 20th century.
 U.S. National Historic Landmark.

Pallisades Sill near Englewood Cliffs overlooking Hudson River
Looking south-east
across the Hudson River,
near Englewood Cliffs, NJ


Double Trouble Cranberry bog New Jersey
Cranberry Bog

The name "Piedmont" means
 foot (pied) hill (mont)
in French.
The Piedmont plateau
is named after the Italian region of Piemonte.

by low rolling hills
moderately fertile soil.

Can you find this

 area on the map?

New Jersey Light house
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