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Hudson County

Hudson County, a county in the U.S. state of New Jersey, lies west of the lower Hudson River, which was named for Henry Hudson, the sea captain who explored the area in 1609. Part of New Jersey's Gateway Region in the New York metropolitan areaJersey City is its largest city and county seat.

As of the 2018 Census estimate, Hudson County was the fastest-growing county in New Jersey compared to 2010; the county's population was 676,061, making it the state's 4th-most populous county, an increase of 9.0% from the 2010 United States Census, when its population was enumerated at 634,266, in turn an increase of 25,291 (+4.2%) from the 608,975 enumerated in the 2000 Census. Hudson County is the fourth-most populous county in the state. Hudson County is the geographically smallest and most densely populated county in New Jersey and the sixth-most densely populated county in the United States with 13,731.4 residents per square mile of total area in 2010, and 14,973.9 per square mile in 2017.

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CITIES

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POINTS OF INTEREST

Museums, Galleries, Exhibitions:

  • Afro-American Historical and Cultural Society Museum

  • Bayonne Community Museum

  • Bayonne Firefighter's Museum

  • Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal

  • Cultural Thread/El Hilo, history, diversity and craft of embroidery

  • Danforth Avenue Station, excavated objects

  • Dixon Mills, site of the former Joseph Dixon Crucible Company 

  • Drawing Rooms, a contemporary art center and gallery in a former convent in downtown Jersey City 

  • Ellis Island Immigration Museum

  • Five Corners Branch Library Gallery specializes in music and fine arts.

  • Hoboken Artists Studio Tour 

  • Hoboken Fire Department Museum

  • Hoboken Historical Museum history and local contemporary artists

  • Hoboken House Tour private and public buildings shown annually in October

  • Hoboken Public Library, local history and local artists

  • Hudson County Courthouse permanent murals depicting early history and contemporary work

  • Hudson River Waterfront Walkway displays, plaques, panels of history of environment and development

  • Kearny Museum

  • Hudson County YAM

  • Jersey City Artists Studio Tour 

  • Jersey City Museum 

  • Liberty Science Center Science education, environment, health, invention

  • Liberty State Park Interpretive Center, nature and urban environment

  • Museum of Russian Art

  • New Jersey Room of Jersey City Public Library Main Branch, public archives including historical documents and photos

  • Mana Contemporary 

  • Martin Luther King Station memorial to civil rights leader and movement

  • Meadowlands Exposition Center, trade shows and cultural fairs 

  • Monroe Center 

  • New Jersey City University 

  • Lemmerman Gallery

  • Visual Arts Gallery

  • Sculpture Garden

  • Saints Peter's College Art Gallery 

  • Statue of Liberty National Monument 

  • William V. Musto Cultural Center 

Parks, Promenades, and Open Spaces:

  • The Hudson County Park System includes Hudson County Park, Mercer Park, Lincoln Park, Washington Park, Columbus Park, and North Hudson Park, West Hudson Park and the newest, Laurel Hill.

  • There are many municipal parks and plazas, some of which were developed as "city squares" during the 19th century, such as Hamilton Park, Church Square Park and Ellsworth (locally known as Pigeon) Park.

  • The German-American Volksfest has taken place annually since 1874 at Schuetzen Park This private park and the many nearby cemeteries-Flower Hill Cemetery, Grove Church Cemetery, Hoboken Cemetery, Macphelah Cemetery and Weehawken Cemetery that characterize the western slope create the "green lung" of North Hudson County.

  • Jersey City Reservoir No.3 and Pershing Field constitute one of the largest "green spaces" in the county. The reservoir, no longer in use, is site of a passive recreation area/nature preserve. Hackensack Number Two, the other remaining reservoir in Weehawken Heights, is not accessible to the public. Extensive athletic fields opened in 2009 in Weehawken and Union City, the latter on the site of the former Roosevelt Stadium.

  • Promenades are being developed along the rivers. The Hudson River Waterfront Walkway and Hackensack RiverWalk. Sections of the Secaucus Greenway are in place and eventually will connect different districts of the town including the North End, site Schmidts Woods (which contains an original hard wood forest) and Mill Creek Point Park, and Harmon Meadow Plaza. Kearny Riverbank Park runs along the Passaic River. The future of the Harsimus Stem Embankment is uncertain, though many community groups hope the landmark will be opened to the public as elevated greenway, possibly as part of East Coast Greenway.

  • Liberty State Park, the county's largest, is sited on land that had once been part of a vast oyster bed, was filled in for industrial, rail, and maritime uses, and was reclaimed in the 1970s. Ellis Island and Liberty Island, a national protected area and home to the Statue of Liberty National Monument, lie entirely within Hudson's waters across from Liberty State Park, from which ferry service is available. 

  • The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission has designated several areas within its jurisdiction as wetlands preservation zones including the Riverbend Wetlands Preserve, Eastern Brackish Marsh, and Kearny Marsh, an extension of De Korte Park, home of the Meadowlands Environment Center. 

  • Hudson County is home to the Bayonne Golf Club and Liberty National Golf Club, both located on Upper New York Bay.

ECONOMY

Based on data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Hudson County had a gross domestic product (GDP) of $44.7 billion in 2018, which was ranked 5th in the state and represented an increase of 2.0% from the previous year.

TRANSPORTATION

Hubs

Hoboken TerminalBergenline Avenue at 32nd Street48th Street, and Nungessers in North Hudson, and Journal Square Transportation Center and Exchange Place in Jersey City are major public transportation hubs. The Port Authority Bus Terminal and Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan, the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, and Newark Penn Station also play important roles within the county's transportation network. Secaucus Junction provides access to eight commuter rail lines.

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Bus

NJ Transit bus routes 120 -129 provide service within Hudson and to Manhattan. NJ Transit bus routes 1-89 provide service within the county and to points in North Jersey. Additionally, private bus companies, some of which operate dollar vans (mini-buses or carritos) augment the state agency's surface transport.

 

Water 

Located at the heart of the Port of New York and New Jersey, Hudson has since the 1980s seen the restoration of it once extensive ferry system.

Air

Most airports which serve Hudson County are operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey