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a state in the Northeastern and Middle Atlantic regions of the United States. It is bordered on the north and east by the U.S. state of New York, on the southeast and south by the Atlantic Ocean, on the west by Pennsylvania, and on the southwest by Delaware. New Jersey is the 4th least extensive, but the 11th most populous and the most densely populated of the 50 United States. New Jersey lies mostly within the sprawling metropolitan areas of New York City and Philadelphia. It is also the third wealthiest U.S. state by 2011 median household income.[8]
South Mountain Reservation in Millburn, Essex County.
The area was inhabited by Native Americans for more than 2,800 years, with historical tribes such as the Lenape along the coast. In the early 17th century, the Dutch and the Swedes made the first European settlements.[9] The British later seized control of the region,[10] naming it the Province of New Jersey. It was granted as a colony to Sir George Carteret and John Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley of Stratton. At this time, it was named after the largest of the British Channel Islands, Jersey, Carteret's birthplace.[11] New Jersey was the site of several decisive battles during the American Revolutionary War.

In the 19th century, factories in cities such as Paterson, Newark, Trenton, and Elizabeth helped to drive the Industrial Revolution. New Jersey's position at the center of the Northeast megalopolis, between Boston and New York City to the northeast, and Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. to the southwest, fueled its rapid growth through the process of suburbanization in the 1950s and beyond.

As with many other geographic features, New Jersey's climate divides into regions. The south, central, and northeast parts of the state have a humid mesothermal climate, while the northwest has a humid continental climate (microthermal), with slightly cooler temperatures due to higher elevation. New Jersey receives between 2,400 and 2,800 hours of sunshine annually.[14]

Summers are typically hot and humid, with statewide average high temperatures of 82–88 °F (28–31 °C) and lows of 60–70 °F (16–21 °C); however, temperatures exceed 90 °F (32 °C) on average 25 days each summer, though rarely exceed 100 °F (38 °C). Winters are usually cold, with average high temperatures of 38–46 °F (3–8 °C) and lows of 26–32 °F (-3–0 °C) for most of the state, but temperatures could, for brief interludes, be as low as 10–20 °F (-12–-7 °C) and sometimes rise to 50–60 °F (10–16 °C). Northwestern parts of the state have slightly colder winters with average temperatures just below freezing. Spring and autumn may feature wide temperature variations, with lower humidity than summer.[15]

Average annual precipitation ranges from 43 to 51 inches (1,100 to 1,300 mm), uniformly spread through the year. Average snowfall per winter season ranges from 10–15 inches (25–38 cm) in the south and near the seacoast, 15–30 inches (38–76 cm) in the northeast and central part of the state, to about 40–50 inches (1.0–1.3 m) in the northwestern highlands, but this varies from year to year. Precipitation falls on an average of 120 days a year, with 25 to 30 thunderstorms, most of which occur during the summer.

During winter and early spring, New Jersey can experience "nor'easters", which are capable of causing blizzards or flooding throughout the northeastern United States. Hurricanes and tropical storms (such as Tropical Storm Floyd in 1999[16]), tornadoes, and earthquakes are rare.

Average high and low temperatures in various cities of New Jersey °C (°F)[17]
















1/-10 (33/14)

3/-9 (38/16)

8/-4 (46/25)

15/2 (59/36)

21/7 (70/45)

26/12 (78/54)

28/15 (83/59)

28/14 (82/57)

23/9 (73/48)

17/3 (63/38)

11/-1 (52/30)

4/-6 (39/21)



3/-4 (38/25)

5/-3 (41/27)

10/1 (50/34)

16/7 (61/45)

22/12 (72/54)

27/18 (81/64)

29/21 (84/70)

28/20 (82/68)

24/16 (75/61)

18/9 (64/48)

12/4 (54/39)

6/-1 (43/30)


Atlantic City

5/-2 (42/28)

6/-1 (44/30)

9/3 (48/38)

14/7 (57/45)

19/13 (66/56)

24/18 (75/64)

27/21 (80/70)

27/21 (80/70)

23/18 (73/64)

18/12 (64/54)

13/6 (55/44)

8/1 (46/34)


Cape May

6/-3 (43/27)

6/-2 (43/28)

11/2 (52/36)

16/6 (61/43)

21/12 (70/54)

26/17 (79/63)

29/19 (84/66)

28/19 (82/66)

25/16 (77/61)

19/9 (66/48)

13/4 (55/39)

8/-1 (46/30)