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New Jersey


The state’s original residents were called lenni lenape (original people), and probably numbered less than 20,000 when European settlers arrived in the early 17th century. More wipeouts came during the Revolutionary War, when New Jersey saw many battles, but the population grew from 15,000 in 1700 to more than 185,000 by 1795, when industry boomed. After WWII, Newark and Jersey City saw influxes of immigrants and by the mid-1980s New Jersey had some of the country’s fastest-growing metropolitan areas − a trend that still continues.