New Jersey's location along major rivers and coastal waters catalyzed trade and industry.
The Delaware River
Forming the western border, the Delaware River allowed major ports like Camden and Trenton to thrive. It remains an important shipping channel.
The Hudson River
The Hudson River lies along New Jersey's eastern edge across from New York City. The Hudson waterfront was integral to New Jersey's industrialization.
The Raritan River
The Raritan River powered colonial mills and manufacturing growth in New Brunswick and other central New Jersey towns.
New Jersey's Atlantic coastline has drawn tourism for generations.
The Atlantic Ocean
The Atlantic Ocean coast fostered seaside resorts like Atlantic City and Cape May drawing East Coast visitors.
Barnegat Bay and other bays created a boating and fishing culture along the Jersey Shore.
New Jersey's geography allowed it to become a hub of commerce. Maintaining water quality remains crucial.