New Jersey is one of America’s oldest states, and it is ripe with history, culture and fascinating people. Without further ado, here are 20 facts about the Garden State:
1 New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the U.S. On average, around 1,030 people live in each square mile.
2 As far as total population goes, New Jersey is home to just under 9 million people, making it the 11th most populous state in the country.
3 In New Jersey, 90 percent of the population lives in urban areas. In fact, each county is considered a metropolitan area.
4 New Jersey is sometimes called the "Diner Capital of the World" because of it has more diners than anywhere else.
5 Major industries in New Jersey include chemicals, transportation, healthcare and pharmaceuticals.
6 Famous New Jersey natives include Jack Nicholson, Judy Blume, Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, Grover Cleveland and Aaron Burr.
7 Atlantic City, NJ street names were the basis for Monopoly. It is also known for having the longest boardwalk in the world.
8 New Jersey was home to the first ever American Indian Reservation.
9 Thomas Edison created some of his most famous inventions in Menlo Park, NJ - including the phonograph and the light bulb.
10 New Jersey is a state full of firsts in sports. The first intercollegiate football game took place between Princeton and Rutgers. Additionally, it is believed that the first baseball game was played in Hoboken, NJ.
11 New Jersey's state motto is "Liberty and Prosperity."
12 The British first took control of New Jersey from the Dutch in 1664. It was soon named New Jersey after the Isle of Jersey that sits in the English Channel.
13 New Jersey was the first state to sign the Bill of Rights.
14 More than 100 battles during the American Revolutionary War took place in New Jersey.
15 New Jersey is home to the first ever drive-in movie theater.
16 More cars are stolen in New Jersey than in both New York City and Los Angeles combined.
17 New Jersey's state flower is the violet while its state bird is the Eastern Goldfinch.
18 New Jersey is home to 11 state forests and 42 state parks.
19 New Jersey is a leading producer of tomatoes, blueberries and cranberries.
20 New Jersey was the third state to be admitted into the Union. This took place on December 18, 1787.