Fun Facts

- New Jersey has the highest population density in the US, an average 1,030 people per square mile.  This is 13 times the national average.

- New Jersey has the densest system of highways and railroads in the US.

- New Jersey has the most diners (a specific kind of restaurant known for large menus and fast service) and is sometimes referred to as the “Diner Capital of the World”.

- Picturesque Cape May holds the distinction of being the oldest seashore resort in the US.

- Atlantic City has the longest boardwalk in the world, a specific type of sidewalk near a beach.

- Atlantic City is where the street names in the game Monopoly came from.

- The first baseball game was played in Hoboken, NJ.

- The first brewery in America opened in Hoboken, NJ.

- Hoboken is the birthplace of singer Frank Sinatra.

- The light bulb, phonograph, motion picture projector were invented by Thomas Edison in his laboratory in Menlo Park, NJ.

- West Orange, NJ is the home of the first movie studio at the Edison Museum.

- The first American Indian (Native American) Reservation was in NJ.

- The discovery of the first nearly complete skeleton of a dinosaur was made in Haddonfield, NJ.

- “Jersey Tomatoes” are known all over the world as being the best you can buy.

- NJ is the world leader in blueberry and cranberry production.

- NJ is the home to both of New York’s professional football teams, the Giants and the Jets.

- NJ is home to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. (Long considered part of New York, a 1998 United States Supreme Court decision found that most of the island is in New Jersey!)

- Several important Revolutionary War battles, led by General George Washington, were fought on NJ soil.

- NJ built the first tunnel under a river, the Hudson River, and it is called the Holland Tunnel.

- The following celebrities were born in NJ:  Jack Nicholson, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Queen Latifa, Whitney Houston, Tom Cruise, Bruce Willis, Meryl Streep and John Travolta.

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