43 Facts About Jersey City


Jersey City is the second-most populous city in the U S state of New Jersey, after Newark.

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Redevelopment of the Jersey City waterfront has made the city one of the largest centers of banking and finance in the United States and has led to the district and city being nicknamed Wall Street West.

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Land comprising what is Jersey City was inhabited by the Lenape, a collection of Native American tribes .

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Jersey City chose the west bank of the Hudson River and purchased the land from the Lenape.

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Under the provision, five freeholders were to be chosen as "the Board of Selectmen of Jersey City, " thereby establishing the first governing body of the emerging municipality.

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Three years later the present outline of Jersey City was completed when Greenville agreed to merge into the Greater Jersey City.

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Jersey City was a dock and manufacturing town for much of the 19th and 20th centuries.

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Much like New York City, Jersey City has always been a destination for new immigrants to the United States.

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Jersey City was able to maintain a fourteen-room duplex apartment in Jersey City, a suite at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan, and a palatial summer home in the seaside community of Deal, and travel to Europe yearly in the royal suites of the best ocean liners.

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Jersey City is the seat of Hudson County and the second-most-populous city in New Jersey.

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Jersey City is bordered to the east by the Hudson River, to the north by Secaucus, North Bergen, Union City and Hoboken, to the west, across the Hackensack River, by Kearny and Newark, and to the south by Bayonne.

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Jersey City is located on the peninsula known as Bergen Neck, with a waterfront on the east at the Hudson River and New York Bay and on the west at the Hackensack River and Newark Bay.

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Downtown Jersey City is the area from the Hudson River westward to the Newark Bay Extension of the New Jersey Turnpike and the New Jersey Palisades; it is bounded by Hoboken to the north and Liberty State Park to the south.

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Jersey City'storic Downtown is an area of mostly low-rise buildings to the west of the waterfront that is highly desirable due to its proximity to local amenities and Manhattan.

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The square was created in 1923 when the city condemned and demolished the offices of the Jersey Journal, creating a broad intersection with Hudson Boulevard which itself had been widened in 1908.

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Since it was believed the earlier population was under-counted, the 2010 census was anticipated with the possibility that Jersey City might become the state's most populated city, surpassing Newark.

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Jersey City is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world.

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The city is a major port of entry for immigration to the United States and a major employment center at the approximate core of the New York City metropolitan area; and given its proximity to Manhattan, Jersey City has evolved a globally cosmopolitan ambiance of its own, demonstrating a robust and growing demographic and cultural diversity with respect to metrics including nationality, religion, race, and domiciliary partnership.

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However, modest growth in the African immigrant population, most notably the growing Nigerian American and Kenyan American populations in Jersey City, is partially offsetting the decline in the city's American-born black population, which as a whole has been experiencing an exodus from northern New Jersey to the Southern United States.

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Manila Avenue in Downtown Jersey City was named for the Philippine capital city because of the many Filipinos who built their homes on this street during the 1970s.

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The City Hall of Jersey City raises the Philippine flag in correlation to this event and as a tribute to the contributions of the Filipino community.

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Arab Americans are most concentrated in Jersey City, led by Egyptian Americans, including the largest population of Coptic Christians in the United States.

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Jersey City has a growing Orthodox Jewish population, centered in the Greenville neighborhood.

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Jersey City is home to the headquarters of Verisk Analytics and Lord Abbett, a privately held money management firm.

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Jersey City has several shopping districts, some of which are traditional main streets for their respective neighborhoods, such as Central, Danforth, and West Side Avenues.

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Jersey City was selected in 1983 as one of the initial group of 10 zones chosen to participate in the program.

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About one third of Jersey City is included in the state's largest Urban Enterprise Zone.

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Port Jersey City is an intermodal freight transport facility that includes a container terminal located on the Upper New York Bay in the Port of New York and New Jersey City.

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Jersey City is home to several annual visual and performing arts festivals, fairs, and other events.

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Jersey City has hosted JC Fridays, a city-wide quarterly seasonal arts festival organized by Art House Productions each March, June, September, and December since 2006.

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Jersey City is governed under the Faulkner Act form of municipal government.

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Jersey City is split between the 8th and 10th Congressional Districts and is part of New Jersey's 31st and 33rd state legislative districts.

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New Jersey City is represented in the United States Senate by Democrats Cory Booker and Bob Menendez .

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Jersey City encompasses three Hudson County commissioner districts in their entirety, while three others are shared with adjacent municipalities.

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Jersey City is home to New Jersey City University and Saint Peter's University.

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Jersey City has 12 charter schools, which are run under a special charter granted by the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education, including the Mathematics, Engineering, Technology and Science Charter School and the Dr Lena Edwards Charter School, which were approved in January 2011.

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Genesis Educational Center is a private Christian school located in downtown Jersey City for ages newborn through 8th grade.

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The Jersey City Art School is a private art school located in downtown Jersey City for all ages.

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Jersey City is located in the New York media market, and most of its daily papers are available for sale or delivery.

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The Jersey City Reporter is part of The Hudson Reporter group of local weeklies.

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The Jersey City Independent is a web-only news outlet that covers politics and culture in the city.

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The Jersey City Independent is an online newspaper covering Jersey City and surrounding municipalities.

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Jersey City has a high percentage of residents who commute without a car.

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