What Are Some of the 21 Counties in New Jersey?


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Some of the 21 counties in New Jersey are Passaic County, Essex County, Sussex County and Monmouth County. Passaic County was created in 1837. Its county seat is Paterson, which was named after a governor of New Jersey.

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European settlement by followers of Robert Treat began in Essex County around 1666. They purchased the land from the original inhabitants, the Lenape Indians, for $800. In 1682, the East Jersey legislature established Essex as a county, along with Bergen, Monmouth and Middlesex counties. Essex was the first U.S. county to establish a countywide park system, and it is the home of Newark International Airport.

Sussex County is more rural than some of the other New Jersey counties, and throughout most of its history, its economy was based on agriculture. However, it is in the northern part of the state and is considered part of the New York City metropolitan area. Its county seat is Newton, and as of 2010 it had a population of 149,265. It was created in 1753 from the townships of Walpack, Greenwich, Newtown and Hardwick.

Monmouth County's eastern and northern edges lie along the Atlantic Ocean, and it is renowned for its beaches, one of which is found in Asbury Park. Other beaches are Bradley Beach, Belmar, Long Branch and Manaquan. The county seat is Freehold Borough.

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