From a tourist point of view, New Jersey doesn’t really have the best reputation - many view the state in the Northeast as something like the industrial backyard of New York City. But this superficial assessment doesn’t even begin to describe the state, because actually New Jersey rightfully carries its nickname “Garden State”.
In fact, more than half of the state’s total area is forested; Atlantic City is striving to be the East Coast Las Vegas and along the Jersey Shore, there are quite a number of beaches and attractive towns that are favorite day trip destinations for many residents of the Northeastern USA.
Correspondingly, tourism plays an increasingly important role for New Jersey’s economy, but other factors must still be considered more significant. Electronics manufacturing, the pharma, chemicals and financial industries are the most vital pillars; additionally, transport services and telecommunications are represented well. All of these add to the fact that New Jersey is one of the economically strongest U.S. states.
New Jersey’s population has grown continuously in the course of history and has crossed the mark of 8 million residents for the first time in 2000. Almost 70% of residents are Whites, some 14% are Blacks and a good 8% are of Asian heritage. It is estimated that more than 6% of residents are illegal immigrants, one of the highest quotas among U.S. states.