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Population
  2010 2012
Population 8,791,894 8,864,590
Median Age 39 39.3
Total 8 year-olds 112,715 113,882
Boys 57,473 58,064
Girls 55,242 55,818
Total 9 year-olds 115,349 112,806
Boys 59,174 57,768
Girls 56,175 55,038
Total 10 year-olds 116,933 112,355
Boys 59,877 57,274
Girls 57,056 55,081
Total 11 year-olds 116,316 114,803
Boys 59,659 58,959
Girls 56,657 55,844
Total 12 year-olds 116,735 117,510
Boys 59,509 60,027
Girls 57,226 57,483
 
How People Get to Work:
Drive Alone 72.3% 72.0%
Car Pool 8.4% 8.3%
Public Transportation 10.8% 10.6%
Work at Home 3.6% 4.1%

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

Business
  2010 2012
Dentist Offices 4,665 4,794
Amusement Parks 26 25
Fast-Food Restaurants 6,486 6,641
Toy Stores 292 250
Video/Disc Rental Stores 199 83
Zoos & Botanical Gardens 11 19
Candy & Nut Stores 139 142
Pet & Pet Supply Stores 306 289
Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Makers 11 17

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.