About This Place
Jersey City is the seat of Hudson County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population of Jersey City was 247,597, making it New Jersey's second-largest city, after Newark, and the 78th most populous city in the U.S.
Part of the New York metropolitan area, Jersey City lies between the Hudson River and Upper New York Bay across from Lower Manhattan and the Hackensack River and Newark Bay. A port of entry, with 11 miles (17.7 km) of waterfront and significant rail connections, Jersey City is an important transportation terminus and distribution and manufacturing center. Service industries have played a prominent role in the redevelopment of its waterfront and the creation of one of the nation's largest downtowns.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 21.1 square miles (54.7 km2). 14.9 square miles (38.6 km2) of it is land and 6.2 square miles (16.1 km2), or 29.37%, of it is water. It has the smallest land area of the 100 largest cities in America. Jersey City is bordered to the east by the Hudson River, to the north by Secaucus, North Bergen, Union City and Hoboken, to the west, across the Hackensack, by Kearny and Newark, and to the south by Bayonne. Given its proximity to Manhattan, Jersey City and Hudson County are sometimes referred to as New York City's sixth borough.