Trenton city, New Jersey

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Trenton city, New Jersey

Trenton city, New Jersey
Nickname(s):Capitol City, Turning Point of the Revolution.
Incorporated:November 13, 1792
- Total:84.913 (2010)
- Density:10.614,1/sq mi (4.245,7/sq km)
Area code(s):609
Time zone:EST (UTC-5)
Summer Time zone:EDT (UTC-4)
- Total:9 sq mi (22 sq km)
- Land:8 sq mi (20 sq km)
- Water:1 sq mi (2 sq km)
- % water:9,09 %

Quick information summary of the Trenton city area.

Trenton city is located in the state of New Jersey. It occupies the area of 9 square miles. 1 square miles are water areas and 8 square miles remain for land areas. Center of the Trenton city lies at +40.2237484, -074.7640005 coordinates. According to the 2010 Census, there are 84.913 living in the Trenton city. The racial makeup shows these 3 races as the most frequent : Black or African American (52.01%), White (26.56%) and Some Other Race (15.31%). Median age is 32 for the males and 33 for the females.

Trenton is the capital of the state of New Jersey and the seat of Mercer County. As of the 2010, Trenton has a population of 84,913, which makes it the tenth-largest municipality in New Jersey. The city belongs to the Delaware Valley and to the Greater New York City Combined Statistical Area.

The city occupies an area of 8.155 square miles and lies in the Eastern Time Zone (UTC-5). Its nicknames are “Capital City” and “Turning Point of the Revolution.”

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Statistical data for the Trenton city based on the 2010 U.S. Census

Racial makeup

White alone
22,54926.56 %
Black or African American alone
44,16052.01 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
5980.70 %
Asian alone
1,0131.19 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
1100.13 %
Some Other Race alone
13,00315.31 %
Two or More races
3,4804.10 %

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Population break-up based on Counties and Subdivisions in the area

Counties Subdivisions
County (whole county) Trenton city part within the County Subdivision (whole subdivision) Trenton city part within the Subdivision
Mercer County 366.513- Trenton city part84.913
Trenton city 84.913- Trenton city part84.913

Profile of the Trenton city

History of Trenton

The area of present-day Trenton was originally inhabited by a branch of the Delaware Native American tribe, called Sanhican. After several expeditions to the area, the first permanent settlers arrived to the area in 1679. They were English Quakers guided by Mahlon Stacy, who were persecuted in England and decided to move to a new land where they would exercise their religious freedom. In 1714, the land was sold to a Philadelphia merchant by the name of William Trent, who saw that the area, with the Delaware River, had a lot of industrial potential. He built a grist mill near the falls on the river and called the settlement “Trent’s Town” (the name that was very soon shortened to Trenton). The settlement was located on the confluence of the Delaware and the Assunpink Creek and soon after it was established it began to grow quickly. Located between Philadelphia and New York City, Trenton became an important port and a stopping point for stagecoaches between two big cities.

When the American Revolutionary War started, Trenton was a fairly important town with some hundred homes. It was captured by the British in November of 1776 and some portions of it were completely destroyed. However, in what is often considered to be one of the pivotal moments of the war, General George Washington crossed the iced Delaware River on Christmas night and led his troops to Trenton, where they struck at dawn, causing severe casualties to the British. The Second Battle of Trenton ensued and these events not only resulted in the first major American victory in the war but also instilled new courage and inspiration that helped decide the entire war.

Trenton became the state capital in 1790 and even served as a temporary nation’s capital after Washington was struck by a yellow fever epidemic. Transportation continued to boost the city, especially after the construction of a bridge across Delaware in 1806 and the completion of Delaware and Raritan Canal.

During the Civil War, Trenton contributed rubber and iron to the Union Army and for a while housed the U.S. Congress.

In the early 20th century, the city experienced a population boost due to an influx of European immigrants from various countries.

After the World War II, most of the middle class in the city moved to the suburbs and Trenton remained known as a smokestack town. Today, Trenton is a developing industrial center and also a tourist attraction, not only because of its history but also because of its highly regarded restaurants.

Geography and Climate

The city is located in central-west New Jersey, on the eastern bank of the Delaware River. It has an area of 8.155 square miles, of which 0.507 is water. It is located across the river from Morrisville, Pennsylvania, to which it is connected through several bridges. Trenton has a humid continental climate, sometimes with maritime influences from the Atlantic Ocean. The Appalachian Mountains guard the city from severe storm activity. It has all four distinct seasons of the approximately same length. The heaviest snowstorm was the Blizzard of 1996.

Population of Trenton

In 2010, the racial makeup in Trenton was 52.01% Black or African American, 26.56% White, 33.71% Hispanic or Latino, 1.19% Asian, 0.70% Native American, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 15.31 some other race and 4.10 two or more races.

In 2000, the median household income was $31,074 and the per capita income $14,621.

Trenton was named the fourth most dangerous city in 2005 and fourteenth most dangerous in 2006 in a survey conducted by Morgan Quitno.


In the early 20th century, Trenton relied heavily on manufacturing. In fact, a slogan from the era still stands on the Lower Trenton Bridge, saying “Trenton Makes, The World Takes.” Today, the government is the largest economy sector in the city. Trade and services are also significant contributors. Because of low taxes and costs compared to those in other major cities in the region, and also because of the relatively short commute to New York, Philadelphia and other cities, Trenton today benefits from the spill-over of research centers and high-tech industries along the Northeast Corridor.

Culture and Institutions

Notable cultural institutions in Trenton include the New Jersey State Cultural Center which contains the State Archives, the State Museum, a planetarium and an auditorium; the Greater Trenton Symphonic Orchestra, Boheme Opera Company, Artworks Art Center of Trenton, Mill Hill Playhouse, Library Gallery, the Trenton City Museum, Ellarslie Mansion, Contemporary Club Victorian Museum and others. Other points of interest include Cadwalader Park, Friends Burying Ground, Trenton Battle Monument and William Trent House.


Trenton has two institutions of higher education: Thomas Edison State College and James Kearney campus of the Mercer County Community College. Other institutions in the nearby towns include the College of New Jersey in Ewing Township and Rider University in Lawrence Township.


Trenton does not have a major professional sports team. Because of its geographic and cultural proximity to New York and Philadelphia, locals are sharply divided in loyalty between two cities (for example, Flyers vs. Rangers, Eagles vs. Giants, etc.). Until 1979, when it was moved to Hamilton, Trenton Speedway hosted world class racing events.


Major highways in the city include Trenton Freeway (part of the U.S. Route 1), Route 129 and NJ Route 29, which connect the city to I-195 and then to I-295 and the New Jersey Turnpike, and also U.S. Route 206, Route 31 and Route 33.

Trains on the Northeast Corridor include Trenton Line to Philadelphia and Northeast Corridor Line to New York City, and also the River Line and Amtrak trains. Public transportation within the city is operated by New Jersey transit.

Trenton-Mercer Airport offers limited commercial services and the closest airports with full domestic and international services are Newark Liberty International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport.

Statistical data for the Trenton city

Data Source : US Census Bureau

Racial makeup

White alone
22,54926.56 %
Black or African American alone
44,16052.01 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
5980.70 %
Asian alone
1,0131.19 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
1100.13 %
Some Other Race alone
13,00315.31 %
Two or More races
3,4804.10 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin

Not Hispanic or Latino
56,29266.29 %
Hispanic or Latino
28,62133.71 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin by Race

Not Hispanic or Latino
56,29266.29 %
White alone
11,44220.33 %
Black or African American alone
42,28675.12 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
2190.39 %
Asian alone
9231.64 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
300.05 %
Some Other Race alone
1060.19 %
Two or More races
1,2862.28 %
Hispanic or Latino
28,62133.71 %
White alone
11,10738.81 %
Black or African American alone
1,8746.55 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
3791.32 %
Asian alone
900.31 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
800.28 %
Some Other Race alone
12,89745.06 %
Two or More races
2,1947.67 %

Median Age by Sex

Both sexes

Household Type

Family households
17,74162.08 %
Husband-wife family
7,16740.40 %
Other family
10,57459.60 %
Male householder, no wife present
2,55624.17 %
Female householder, no husband present
8,01875.83 %
Nonfamily households
10,83737.92 %
Householder living alone
8,80881.28 %
Householder not living alone
2,02918.72 %

Geographical and Cultural Features and Landmarks in the Trenton city - including Historical Features

Distance is calculated from the Trenton city center coordinates

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Random list of Geographic Features located within the radius of 3 miles from the Trenton city center


  • Trenton Heliport [0.69 mi] [1.12 km]
  • Saint Francis Medical Center Helistop [1.41 mi] [2.27 km]
  • Mercer Medical Center [0.78 mi] [1.26 km]


  • Trenton Fire and Emergency Services Engine 3 Ladder 2 [1.24 mi] [1.99 km]
  • Teen House [0.75 mi] [1.21 km]
  • Trent House [0.76 mi] [1.22 km]
  • Colonial Volunteer Fire Company [2.77 mi] [4.45 km]
  • Trenton Fire and Emergency Services Engine 7 [1.13 mi] [1.82 km]
  • State Capitol [0.45 mi] [0.72 km]
  • Trenton Fire and Emergency Services Rescue 1 [0.17 mi] [0.28 km]
  • Trenton Emergency Medical Services Perry Street [0.47 mi] [0.76 km]
  • Trenton Fire and Emergency Services Engine 1 Ladder 1 [0.39 mi] [0.62 km]
  • Capital Health System Emergency Medical Services Mobile Intensive Care Unit [0.74 mi] [1.19 km]
  • Trenton Fire and Emergency Services Engine 3 Ladder 2 [1.16 mi] [1.86 km]
  • Trenton Fire and Emergency Services Engine 8 [1.09 mi] [1.76 km]
  • Hamilton Fire District 4 Hamilton Fire Company [2.04 mi] [3.28 km]
  • Trenton Fire and Emergency Services Engine 9 [2.02 mi] [3.25 km]
  • Hamilton Fire District 4 Enterprise Fire Company [3.04 mi] [4.89 km]


  • Mercer Cemetery [0.51 mi] [0.82 km]
  • Greenwood Cemetery [2.4 mi] [3.87 km]


  • Mercerville Census Designated Place [3.88 mi] [6.24 km]


  • City of Trenton [0.02 mi] [0.04 km]


  • New Jersey State Prison Hospital [1.21 mi] [1.94 km]
  • Saint Francis Medical Center [1.19 mi] [1.92 km]
  • Capital Health System Medical Center Mercer Campus [0.77 mi] [1.24 km]
  • Capital Health System Regional Medical Center [1.05 mi] [1.69 km]
  • Trenton Psychiatric Hospital [2.27 mi] [3.65 km]


  • Blauguard Island [2.2 mi] [3.55 km]
  • Rotary Island [2.87 mi] [4.62 km]


  • Wetzel Field [1.66 mi] [2.67 km]
  • Stacy Park [0.51 mi] [0.81 km]
  • North Trenton Park [0.46 mi] [0.74 km]
  • Assunpink Park [1.29 mi] [2.08 km]
  • Bromley Park [1.95 mi] [3.14 km]
  • Cadwalader Park [1.73 mi] [2.78 km]

Populated Place

  • Trenton [1.2 mi] [1.94 km]
  • Chewalla Park [2.78 mi] [4.47 km]
  • Creston [3.79 mi] [6.1 km]
  • Warner Village [2.13 mi] [3.44 km]
  • The Orchards [3.68 mi] [5.93 km]
  • Rosemont [3.84 mi] [6.19 km]
  • Prospect Park [1.16 mi] [1.86 km]


  • Parker Elementary School [1 mi] [1.6 km]
  • Washington Elementary School [1.36 mi] [2.19 km]
  • Sister Georgine School [1.25 mi] [2.01 km]
  • Robbins Annex Elementary School [1.2 mi] [1.94 km]
  • Immaculate Conception School [1.19 mi] [1.91 km]
  • Saint Joachims School [0.94 mi] [1.51 km]
  • Sacred Heart School of Trenton [0.65 mi] [1.05 km]
  • Foundation Academy Charter School [0.6 mi] [0.96 km]
  • Robbins Elementary School [0.9 mi] [1.45 km]
  • McCorristin Catholic High School [2.4 mi] [3.86 km]
  • Trenton Catholic Academy School [2.45 mi] [3.94 km]
  • Trenton Central High School [1.16 mi] [1.87 km]
  • Newgrange School [1.75 mi] [2.82 km]
  • Saint Anthonys Convent [1.75 mi] [2.82 km]
  • Kuser Elementary School [2.05 mi] [3.3 km]
  • Thomas Edison State College [0.34 mi] [0.55 km]
  • Emily Fisher Charter School of Advanced Studies [0.25 mi] [0.4 km]
  • Technical School [0.3 mi] [0.49 km]
  • Rider College [0.42 mi] [0.67 km]
  • Paul Robeson Elementary School [1.46 mi] [2.35 km]
  • Hedgepeth Williams School [1.46 mi] [2.35 km]
  • Trenton County High School Medical Arts Academy [0.51 mi] [0.82 km]
  • Trenton Community Charter School [0.64 mi] [1.03 km]
  • Grant Elementary School [0.53 mi] [0.85 km]
  • Patton J Hill Elementary School [1.14 mi] [1.83 km]
  • Junior High School Number 5 [0.17 mi] [0.27 km]
  • Luis Munoz Rivera Elementary School [0.17 mi] [0.27 km]
  • Pace Charter School of Hamilton [2.69 mi] [4.34 km]
  • Cadwalader Elementary School [0.89 mi] [1.44 km]
  • Monument Elementary School [0.41 mi] [0.66 km]
  • Trinity Cathedral Academy School [1.23 mi] [1.98 km]
  • Hamilton North Nottingham High School [2.92 mi] [4.7 km]
  • Greenwood Elementary School [2.17 mi] [3.49 km]
  • Mercer County Technical School Health Career Center [2.98 mi] [4.8 km]
  • Jefferson School [0.56 mi] [0.9 km]
  • Trenton Central High School West [1.61 mi] [2.59 km]
  • Martin Luther King Junior Middle School [0.61 mi] [0.98 km]
  • Benjamin C Gregory Elementary School [0.94 mi] [1.52 km]
  • Junior High School Number 1 [0.61 mi] [0.99 km]
  • Daylight Twilight High School [1.15 mi] [1.85 km]
  • Career Education and Life Skills Center School [1.22 mi] [1.97 km]
  • Klockner Elementary School [2.97 mi] [4.78 km]
  • Afrikan Peoples Action School [0.84 mi] [1.36 km]
  • Saint James School [0.84 mi] [1.35 km]
  • Woodrow Wilson Elementary School [1.32 mi] [2.12 km]
  • Our Lady of Sorrows School [3.9 mi] [6.28 km]
  • Mercer Arts Charter School [1.22 mi] [1.96 km]
  • Saint Hedwig School [1.23 mi] [1.99 km]
  • Mount Sinai Seventh Day Adventist School [1.14 mi] [1.84 km]


  • Assunpink Creek [0.61 mi] [0.97 km]
  • Branch of Pond Run [2.51 mi] [4.03 km]
  • Pond Run [1.42 mi] [2.29 km]


  • WPST-FM (Trenton) [0.78 mi] [1.26 km]

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City Alias ZIP Codes
Lawrence TownshipTrenton08648
TrentonDivision Of Revenue08646, 08695
TrentonEwing08628, 08618, 08638
TrentonEwing Township08638, 08618, 08628
TrentonEwing Twp08628, 08618, 08638
TrentonHamilton08620, 08690, 08650, 08629, 08610, 08691, 08609, 08611, 08619
TrentonHamilton Sq08690
TrentonHamilton Square08690
TrentonHamilton Township08619, 08610, 08690, 08691, 08611, 08629, 08620
TrentonHamilton Twp08620, 08619, 08610, 08691, 08629, 08690, 08611
TrentonMc Guire AFB08641
TrentonMc Guire Air Force Base08641
TrentonN J Income Tax08647
TrentonN J State Income Tax08645
TrentonNj Income Tax08647
TrentonState Income Tax08645
TrentonState Of Nj Motor Vehicles08666
TrentonState Of Nj Mv08666
TrentonState Of Nj Taxation Dept08695, 08646
TrentonTrenton08650, 08666, 08691, 08647, 08695, 08690, 08646, 08611, 08610, 08609, 08608, 08607, 08606, 08605, 08604, 08603, 08601, 08618, 08645, 08641, 08638, 08629, 08620, 08628, 08625, 08619, 08602
TrentonUppr Free Twp08691
TrentonWest Trenton08628

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