With an estimated population of over 277,140, Newark is the largest city of New Jersey. After New York City and Hartford, Newark is the third largest insurance center in the US. The city the NJ's largest employment center and is also a "college town" that is home to over 50,000 students. Did you know that Newark is the third-oldest city in the nation behind only New York and Boston?The city was established in 1666. Browse further and learn more interesting and fun facts about Newark.
Interesting and Fun Facts about Newark!
- Nickname of Newark includes "The Gateway City" and "The Brick City".
- Newark's type of government is Mayor-Council.
- It is the 67th most-populous municipality in United States.
- According to the US Census Bureau, Newark had an estimated total area of 26.107 sq. miles and it has the 3rd smallest land area among the hundredth most populous cities in the United States.
- As of 2010 census report, the racial composition of the city include- White:26.3%; Black or African American: 52.4%; Non-Hispanic: 11.6%; Hispanic or Latino: 33.8% and Asian: 1.6%.
- The city is located in the heart of Gateway Region of New Jersey.
- Connecticut Puritans originally founded Newark.
- Newark is the 2nd most racially diverse city in New Jersey.
- Newark is headquarters to several top corporations, including Audible.com, Prudential Financial, Panasonic Corporation and PSEG.
- Newark's climate is a blend of humid subtropical and humid continental.
- The city serves as a significant courthouse venue and is home to over 1000 law firms.
- The city's Newark Museum is the largest one in the state.
- Newark is also the 2nd largest city in the New York metropolitan area.
- Port Newark is the the East Coast's largest container shipping facility.
- Newark's nicknames - the Gateway City was named after the Gateway Center commercial complex in downtown.
- Newark was infamously associated as the world's car theft capital in the late 80s and early 90s.
- Newark's Branch Brook Park is the oldest county park in the nation.
- Newark is the inventor of colorful dyes used to decorate Easter eggs.
- Newark's radio station WJZ was the 1st to broadcast the 1921 World Series.
- The nation's first skyway highway system is Newark's Pulaski Skyway, which links Newark with Jersey City.
- Newark Liberty International Airport is the oldest airfield in the nation and home to the 1st commercial airline terminal in US.
- Newark Liberty International Airport is the 2nd busiest airport in the NY region and the country's 14th-busiest in the United States based on passenger traffic.
- Newark's suburb - West Milford, is home to the longest traffic light in US.
- Patent leather was invented in 1818 in Newark.
- The very first brewery in US to sell beer in steel cans is Newark's G. Krueger Brewing Company.
- According to US News and World Report, Newark's Rutgers University has the most ethnically diverse student population in the nation.
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