Here’s one shocking fact: MTV’s Jersey Shore is actually not a typical, average or accurate representation of life in New Jersey. Okay, so it might not be all that shocking, but we just wanted to clear the air on that.
Just like any other state, New Jersey is filled with gorgeous nature and animals that makes wanting to see the natural world easy to do in the Garden State. Here are 6 fun facts that you may not have known about this wonderful Northern state:
- New Jersey has a coastline spanning about 130 miles, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
- The New Jersey state bird is the American goldfinch, which is one of the few bird species to actually benefit from human activity. It prefers to eat from bird feeders, can be found in residential areas and they prefer to live in open spaces, like meadows (that can be also created from deforestation).
- Viola sororia is not a string ballad, but rather New Jersey’s state flower. Though nowadays the flower is commonplace and is used in pretty much everyone’s flower bed, past communities like the Cherokee believed the plant had medicinal value, and would use it to treat headaches and colds.
- Black bears are the largest land mammal in the state of New Jersey, with males averaging at around 400 lbs, and at about 5’7” when standing up on their feet. Yet they are considered non-dangerous and sometimes shy to humans.
- New Jersey is second in the nation for solar power installations, with over 10,000 different installs around the state. (Not natural, but the sun is!)
You know that there are no "beaches" in New Jersey. You don't go “to the shore,” you go "down the shore." And when you are there, you're not "at the shore", you are "down the shore.” Got it?