New Jersey vs. New York: Hudson River Residents

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Difference between New Jersey and New York

People love to compare places and the states of New Jersey and New York are no exceptions. The two are of course distinct cities in their own rights, but that hasn't stopped people from comparing them against each other from time immemorial. Here we attempt to clear up the issue a little bit in the hopes of laying some misconceptions to rest.

New Jersey
New York

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New Jersey is a U.S. state located in the Mid-Atlantic section of the country. It shares borders with New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and is also bordered by the Atlantic Ocean. New Jersey is currently the most heavily populated state per capita in the U.S.

New York is located in the Northeast section of the United States and is the third most heavily populated state per capita in the country. The state shares borders with New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont.

Economy

New Jersey residents have an average income of about $54,700 as estimated in 2008. This figure is the 2nd highest in the country and is well above the national average. In fact nine of the state’s counties rank in the wealthiest 100 countries in the United States. Much of New Jersey's economy is based on pharmaceuticals, chemicals, telecommunications, food processing, and the manufacture of electric equipment. Among the state’s most prominent products are horses, vegetables, fruits, seafood, and dairy products. The state is also the second biggest producer of blueberry in the country, and the third largest in cranberry production.

In 2007, New York was estimated to have a gross product of $1.1 trillion, making it third after California and Texas. It has been estimated that if New York were an independent country, it would be the 16th largest economic power in the world. 2007 estimates place the state’s per capita personal income at about $46,400. New York State’s most prominent agricultural products are dairy, cattle, vegetables and apples. The state also draws much of its revenue from printing, the manufacture of scientific instruments and electric equipment, and of course tourism.

Prominent Cities

New Jersey has a fairly large population, which is a fairly remarkable given the relatively few number of "large" (in the classic sense) cities. The state actually has only four municipalities in which the population exceeds 100,000.

New York State on the other hand has a fairly heavily populated city, New York City, which has a total population more than 8.2 million people.

Summary

New Jersey

  • Located in the Mid-Atlantic section of the country
  • Shares borders with New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, and it is also bordered by the Atlantic Ocean
  • The most heavily populated state in the U.S.
  • Economy is based on pharmaceuticals, chemicals, telecommunications, food processing, and the manufacture of electric equipment

New York

  • Located in the Northeast section of the United States, and is the third most heavily populated state in the country
  • Shares borders with New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont
  • Most prominent agricultural products are dairy, cattle, vegetables, and apples
Which state would you love to live in the most?
  • New Jersey
  • New York
 
 

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  • Sam wrote on November 2010

NJ state of mind. I work in NY and live in NJ. NJ is the best place for immigrants.

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