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Essex County, New Jersey

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The county is named after Essex, a county in the East of England.

Newark, with a population density of 11,458.3 people/square mile, is the largest municipality in the county both in terms of land area and population, while Caldwell is the smallest in terms of land area and Essex Fells has the smallest population. Many of the county's smallest municipalities have population densities that are comparable to those of many big cities, and are well above the state's average which in turn is the highest in the nation.

Like many of the counties of Northern New Jersey near New York City—which tend to have sharp divides between relatively rich suburban neighborhoods and less wealthy, more densely populated cities nearby—the eastern region of Essex County tends to be poorer and more urbanized, while the western parts tend to be more affluent and suburban.

Essex County was the first county in the country to create a county park system (Essex County Park System), to ensure that it did not lose all its land to development.

Some of the county's municipalities were seen on episodes of the HBO mob drama The Sopranos, which was set in North Caldwell.

There are various attractions in Essex County, such as the Newark Museum, Montclair Art Museum, Turtle Back Zoo, Thomas Edison National Historical Park, and Grover Cleveland Birthplace. Essex County is home to part of the Port Newark–Elizabeth Marine Terminal, the largest port on the East Coast and the third largest in the United States, and two airports: Newark Liberty International Airport and Essex County Airport.

Adjacent Counties


  • Belleville
  • Bloomfield
  • Caldwell
  • Cedar Grove
  • East Orange
  • Essex Fells
  • Fairfield
  • Glen Ridge
  • Irvington
  • Livingston
  • Maplewood
  • Millburn
  • Montclair
  • Newark (County Seat)
  • North Caldwell
  • Nutley
  • Orange
  • Roseland
  • South Orange
  • Verona
  • West Caldwell
  • West Orange



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