RN Jobs in NJ
New Jersey is one of the original 13 states, bordered by New York to the north and northeast, the Atlantic Ocean to the east and south, and Delaware and Pennsylvania to the west. The state is named after the island of Jersey on the English Channel. Although it has an important social, economic, and political power in its own right, New Jersey is sometimes considered a stepchild among the industrialized and populated east coast states. New Jersey is one of the smallest states in the area, but it is heavily urbanized and has one of the highest population densities in the country.
New Jersey is made up of three major geographic regions. Atlantic Coastal Plain to the east, Piedmont in the central region, and New Jersey Highlands to the northwest.
The Atlantic Coastal Plain makes up one-third of New Jersey, but only about 3% of its total area is water. The Atlantic Coastal Plain is narrow around New York but then extends about 40 miles wide into southern New Jersey.
The coastal terrain is low-lying, flat, and swampy, but deep in hilly terrain with sandy soils. The area includes extensive alluvial marshes (Vineland Hills, Nesco Forest).
To the east is a long, narrow barrier island separated from the mainland by a lagoon or estuary. Between the barrier islands and the mainland are a series of sandy swamp islands known as “mud flats” because they are too soft to support most structures.
A large number of summer residences are concentrated along the coast, with beautiful beaches and tourism-based commercial activities. From coast to inland, along major rivers, there are fertile coastal plains. The largest of these is the Morris River Bluffs area of Cumberland County. The Piedmont region is a hilly region with an average elevation of 300 to 800 feet.
The terrain here is rich but subtle. This region includes parts of Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset, and Union counties. There are several small farms and estates in the area. This is an ancient inhabited area with cities in the vicinity of summer cottages of the 20th century.
The Highlands region of New Jersey (or Highlands) makes up one-third of the state and is home to approximately 14% of the population; including over 100 municipalities. This region is called the “Blue Hills” because of its blue-green color when viewed from afar in autumn. The highlands are the highest and steepest in Piedmont, ranging from 800 to 1260 feet above sea level.
Wide river valleys divide the area into small settlements separated by hills and mountains. However, there are some exceptions, such as the large area of plain in central Sussex.
The magnificent Kittatinny Mountains stretch from Pennsylvania through Warren and Hunterdon counties. In a country with clean air, on a clear day, you can see 50 miles from some peaks. Lake Kincaid is the largest natural lake in New Jersey.