About The Garden State

Fun Facts and History of New Jersey

New Jersey Facts

Known as the “Garden State,” New Jersey became the third official state of the United States on December 18, 1787. The state was named by James, Duke of York, in honor of Sir George Carteret who was the Governor of a British island in the English Channel called Jersey. It is home to over 8 million residents, or New Jerseyites, throughout 21 counties.

If you will be moving to New Jersey, listed below are some fun New Jersey facts, history, and points of interest that may be of use to you in getting to know your new home:

    • New Jersey’s state capital is Trenton.
    • The first baseball game was played in Hoboken.
    • “Liberty and Prosperity” is the state motto.
    • Camden, NJ is the home of the first drive-in movie theater.
    • New Jersey borders New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware as well as the Atlantic Ocean.
    • The official state flag was adopted on March 26, 1896.
    • New Jersey’s state mammal is the horse.
    • The state dinosaur is the Hadrosaurus foulkii.
    • Elizabeth is the largest seaport in the United States.
    • June and July are New Jersey’s shark fishing months and tournaments are held.
    • The state folk dance is the square dance.
    • New Jersey is the only state in the United States where all counties are classified as metropolitan areas.
    • Cape May is the oldest seashore resort in the United States.
    • The state flower is the purple violet.
    • Some notable natives include: Jack Nicholson, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Jason Alexander, Queen Latifa, Grover Cleveland, and Frank Sinatra.

New Jersey Shore Boardwalk

  • New Jersey’s state shell is the knobbed whelk.
  • The Passaic River is the site of the first submarine ride.
  • Eastern goldfinches are New Jersey’s state birds.
  • New Jersey is the home to the Miss America pageant.
  • The state insect is the honey bee.
  • Borough of Roosevelt, in its entirety, is registered as a National Historic Site.


Now that you have learned a bit of New Jersey history and a few fun facts, contact Jackie Safran for information on homes for sale in New Jersey. Our New Jersey Realtor®–the Agent with the English Accent—has the experience, resources, and knowledge to help you find the best home for you and your family’s needs and to make the moving process simple, fun, and efficient.

Call 732-261-6151 today for more interesting New Jersey facts and history!