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Newark, New Jersey

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Newark, New JerseyNewark, New Jersey
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Newark is the biggest city in New Jersey. It is also the county seat of Essex County. There are many cities in the United States called Newark, but the one in New Jersey is the biggest. Today it is a major transportation hub in the East Coast of the United States. The city is home to the Newark International Airport, one of the busiest city airports in the area.

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Newark has a population of 277,000 (2011 estimate). Covering just 26 sq mi (67.3 sq km), it is the second smallest area - after neighboring Jersey City - among the 100 most populous cities in the country. Located just 8 miles (13 km) west of Manhattan, Newark is part of the New York City metropolitan area, which has a population of 18 million people. It is located immediately west of Jersey City, which is between Newark and Manhattan.

Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, NewarkCathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Newark
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Newark was founded in 1666 by the Puritans from Connecticut. It experienced rapid growth particularly in the 19th and early 20th century. By the end part of the 20th century, the city center has become crime-ridden, once earning the dubious title of Most Dangerous City in the Nation from Time Magazine in 1996. However, since then crime and murder rates have dropped significantly.

The economy of Newark is based on transportation and financial services. Port Newark, which is part of the Port of New York and New Jersey, has a major cargo facility. The city is also home to a number of insurance companies including Prudential Financial and Mutual Benefit Life.

Visiting Newark, New Jersey

You can get to Newark by plane, train and automobile. The Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) is a hub for Continental Airlines, and received both domestic and international flights. Bus 62 connects the airport to Newark Penn Station.

The Newark Penn Station is in the heart of downtown Newark. There are Amtrak and New Jersey Transit trains connecting it with neighboring cities, and PATH train with Jersey City and Manhattan.

Newark Liberty International AirportNewark Liberty International Airport
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Places of Interest in Newark, New Jersey

  1. Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart
  2. Military Park
  3. Newark Museum
  4. Wars of America Monument

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