Trenton, New Jersey

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  • New Jersey became a state December 18, 1787, the 3rd state admitted to the Union.
  • Trenton became state capital 1790
  • Settled: 1679
  • Name Origin: Named for William Trent (1653-1724) an original landholder

Trenton was settled in 1679 and became the capital in 1790. The famous portrait of George Washington crossing the Delaware River during the Revolutionary War represents what happened here on Christmas night, 1776, as the Continental Army began its march toward British-held Trenton.

There is much Revolutionary War history in and around Trenton, and at the Old Barracks Museum. Trenton also has an Intermediate Space Transit planetarium and is close to Princeton University, where Albert Einstein spent his last years.

Key Words: Delaware, Continental, Revolutionary, Washington, Einstein

Things To Love About Trenton

The birds and the bees, state symbols of activity; the involvement of kids, adults, and everyone; the knee-deep history and battlegrounds and houses where things happened we still talk about today; the Princeton vibe, buildings of stone and Einstein’s brain.

Blogs To Read About Trenton

Bird In A Cage

Birds And Bees

Capital City Basics

  • Population: 84,913, 33rd largest in population of the 50 capital cities
  • Population density: 11,103 persons per square mile
  • Land area of city: 7.65 square miles
  • Elevation: 50 feet, 46th highest in elevation of the 50 capital cities
  • Normal high/low temps: January 38/24, July 86/67. Annual rainfall: 46 inches
  • Time Zone: Eastern
  • Water near: Delaware River
  • Mountains near: Kittatinny Mountains. High Point in the northwest part of the state is the highest point in New Jersey at 1,803 feet.
  • Miles to three nearest State Capitals: Dover, DE 112; Harrisburg, PA 125; Annapolis, MD 163
  • Miles to National Capitol in Washington, DC: 177

Population Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 84,913             Population
  • 25.1%               Under 18
  • 8.8%                Over 65
  • 1.2%                 Asian
  • 52.0%              Black
  • 33.7%              Hispanic/Latino
  • 0.7%                Native Alaskan or American Indian
  • 0.1%                Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 13.5%              White

Education Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 35.41%            English Not Spoken at Home
  • 70.9%              High School Graduate
  • 10.9%              Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

Economic Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 25.6%              Below Poverty Level
  • $17,902           Per Capita Income
  • $37,219           Median Household Income
  • $126,400        Median Value of Home
  • 42.1%              Home Ownership