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The population of New Jersey in 2002 was 8,575,252. Its rank was 9th in the nation. (The District of Columbia is included for ranking purposes.)
Per Capita Personal Income
In 2002 New Jersey had a per capita personal income of $39,461. This per capita personal income ranked 3rd in the United States and was 128 percent of the national average, $30,906. The 2002 per capita personal income reflected an increase of 1.0 percent from 2001. The 2001-2002 national change was 1.2 percent. In 1992 the per capita personal income of New Jersey was $26,382 and ranked 3rd in the United States. The 1992-2002 average annual growth rate of per capita personal income was 4.1 percent. The average annual growth rate for the nation was 4.0 percent.
Total Personal Income
In 2002 New Jersey had a total personal income of $338,387,600. This total personal income ranked 7th in the United States. In 1992 the total personal income of New Jersey was $207,903,745 and ranked 8th in the United States. The 2002 total personal income reflected an increase of 1.8 percent from 2001. The 2001-2002 national change was 2.3 percent. The 1992-2002 average annual growth rate of total personal income was 5.0 percent. The average annual growth rate for the nation was 5.2 percent.
Components of Personal Income
Total personal income includes net earnings by place of residence; dividends, interest, and rent; and total personal current transfer receipts received by the residents of New Jersey. In 2002 net earnings accounted for 70.9 percent of total personal income (compared with 69.7 in 1992); dividends, interest, and rent were 16.6 percent (compared with 18.0 in 1992); and personal current transfer receipts were 12.5 percent (compared with 12.3 in 1992). From 2001 to 2002 net earnings increased 0.8 percent; dividends, interest, and rent increased 0.9 percent; and personal current transfer receipts increased 9.7 percent. From 1992 to 2002 net earnings increased on average 5.2 percent each year; dividends, interest, and rent increased on average 4.1 percent; and personal current transfer receipts increased on average 5.1 percent.
Earnings of persons employed in New Jersey increased from $238,660,046 in 2001 to $244,326,404 in 2002, an increase of 2.4 percent. The 2001-2002 national change was 1.5 percent. The average annual growth rate from the 1992 estimate of $150,420,926 to the 2002 estimate was 5.0 percent. The average annual growth rate for the nation was 5.3 percent.
Area - New Jersey's oblong-shaped area encompasses 21,277 sq km (8215 sq mi), including 821 sq km (317 sq mi) of inland water and 1101 sq km (425 sq mi) of coastal waters over which it has jurisdiction. At its longest point, New Jersey measures 270 km (168 mi) from north to south, including Cape May Peninsula. At its narrowest the distance from east to west is 58 km (36 mi). Toward the south, where the state's width is greatest, the distance is 92 km (57 mi). The mean elevation of the state is about 75 m (about 250 ft). New Jersey has about 210 km (about 130 mi) of coastline.
Climate - The climate of New Jersey is extremely variable. During the summer the state is invaded by moist tropical air that brings hot, humid conditions.
Cold continental air dominates the state for much of the winter and brings frequent heavy snowfalls. Total precipitation over most of the state averages
about 1140 mm (about 45 in) per year, with slightly less in the southwest than elsewhere. New Jersey's average temperature is 1° C (33° F) in January and
23° C (74° F) in July. The highest temperature ever recorded was 43° C (110° F) at Runyon, and the lowest was -37° C (-34° F) at River Vale. Length of the
growing season varies from less than four months in northwestern New Jersey to almost eight months in the southernmost counties. The state's record single
snowfall, 890 mm (35 in), was recorded at Whitehouse in January 1996.
Aaron Burr political leader, Newark
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