Get to know Trenton, NJ

Trenton is the capital of the state of New Jersey.  The area was first settled by Quakers in 1679.  In 1719 it took the name “Trent Towne” in honor of William Trent, one of the largest landholders, before being shortened to Trenton.  It was the site of the Battle of Trenton, George Washington’s first military victory of the Revolutionary War, in 1776.  Following the War, Trenton briefly served as the nation’s capital in 1784 before moving to New York.  The City of Trenton was incorporated in 1792.  Trenton continued to increase throughout the 19th century as immigrants poured in to work in the mills.  It was a prominent manufacturer in the 19th and early 20th centuries, leading to the slogen “Trenton Makes, The World Takes”.  Rubber, wire rope, ceramics, and cigars were the base of industry during this boom.  As manufacturing declined in the second half of the 20th century, the city mirrored the decline.  Today the state of New Jersey is the city’s largest employer.  The Old Barracks used by the Continental Army and British forces during the Revolutionary War, Cadwalader Park, and the William Trent House are notable attractions in the city.  Famous residents have included U.S. Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito, Jay-Z, and Dennis Rodman.

Quick Facts

Population: 84,632

Median Household Income: $34,257

Median Property Value: $107,200

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