New Jersey Coverage Area
Businesses in New Jersey can benefit from its port access and dense system of roads and rail tracks. With service centers located in the cities of Southampton, Pine Brook, Avenel and Carlstadt, ArcBest® can provide solutions to your supply chain challenges. Call 800-610-5544 to learn about our transportation and logistics options or to get a quote.
The Garden State’s Agricultural Revenue
Agriculture sets New Jersey apart from other East Coast cities. The state is home to more than 9,000 farms covering 720,000 acres of farmland. Farmers in the Garden State produce more than 100 different kinds of fruits and vegetables. Blueberries, cranberries, spinach, bell peppers and peaches are some of the state’s top produce. In 2015, farms brought in more than $1 billion. Fish and seafood are also valuable commodities for the state, bringing in $133 million in 2013.
New Jersey’s location as a crossroads of commerce and its extensive transportation system have made the state extremely accessible for tourists. Seaside resorts such as Atlantic City and the rest of the Jersey Shore help contribute to the state’s record tourism revenue. Over 100 million people visited the state in 2017, a 2.3 percent increase over 2016. The tourism industry alone accounts for 9.8 percent of employment, or one in 10 jobs.
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates a population greater than 9 million, making it the most densely populated state in the country. Most of the population lives in areas surrounding New York City, Philadelphia or along the eastern coast. Statistics also show New Jersey is the second wealthiest state overall, with more scientists and engineers per square mile than anywhere else on Earth.
Shipping and World Trade
The Port of New York and New Jersey is the busiest on the East Coast and the third busiest in the United States. In 2016, it handled 3,602,508 cargo containers, valued at nearly $200 billion.
However, it wasn’t always this way. In the early 1900s, New York and New Jersey operated as two separate states. They frequently disputed over who had jurisdiction over the Hudson River, which drains into the Atlantic Ocean between New York City and Jersey City. After years of negotiations, the two states signed a compact in 1921, creating the Port of New York Authority. By 1951, the port could accommodate some of the largest ships on the water. Today, almost 80 percent of the cargo imported to the port of New York and New Jersey is marketed to consumers within 100 miles of the port, making it the backbone of the regional economy.
New Jersey also has the densest system of highways and railroads in the country — making it easy to move freight.