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Population
  2010 2011
Population 8,791,894 8,821,155
State Rank 11 11
Median Age 39.0 39.2
Total 8 year-olds 112,715 112,412
Boys 57,473 57,562
Girls 55,242 54,850
Total 9 year-olds 115,349 112,062
Boys 59,174 57,050
Girls 56,175 55,012
Total 10 year-olds 116,933 114,574
Boys 59,877 58,790
Girls 57,056 55,784
Total 11 year-olds 116,316 117,240
Boys 59,659 59,951
Girls 56,657 57,289
Total 12 year-olds 116,735 116,149
Boys 59,509 59,651
Girls 57,226 56,498
 
How People Get to Work:
Drive Alone 72.3% 71.8%
Car Pool 8.4% 8.5%
Public Transportation 10.8% 11.0%
Work at Home 3.6% 3.8%

Geography
Capital Trenton
Largest City Newark city
Second Largest City Jersey City
Persons Per Square Mile (State, 2010) 1,195.5

Business
  2000 2010
Dentist Offices 4,361 4,665
Amusement Parks 36 26
Fast-Food Restaurants 6,322 8,685
Toy Stores 401 292
Video/Disc Rental Stores 411 199
Zoos & Botanical Gardens 8 11
Candy & Nut Stores 157 139
Pet & Pet Supply Stores 294 306
Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Makers 17 11

Note: As is the case with all surveys, statistics from sample surveys are subject to sampling and nonsampling error.

A value of NA indicates that data are not available for the indicated time period. A value of X indicates that data are not applicable for the current region.

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History

  • Date of Statehood: December 18, 1787
  • Population 1800: 211,149
  • Population 1850: 489,555
  • Population 1900: 1,883,669
  • Population 1950: 4,835,329
  • Population 2000: 8,414,350

I never knew that! *

  • Nickname: Garden State
  • Flower: Common Meadow Violet
  • Tree: Red Oak
  • Bird: Eastern Goldfinch
  • Animal: Horse
  • Fruit: Blueberry
  • Insect: Honeybee
  • Tall Ship: Delaware Bay Oyster Schooner

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Who told you this stuff?

The U.S. Census Bureau takes a census of the population every 10 years, and censuses of economic activity and governments every five years. And every year, the Census Bureau conducts more than 100 other surveys. Data on this page come from the 2010 Census, the American Community Survey, and County Business Patterns.

How are these data collected?

The U.S. Census Bureau sends questionnaires in the mail or contacts businesses and households to participate in its surveys.

* State symbol information was obtained from various non-Census Bureau resources including state web sites, educational web sites, and commercial entities.