Urban. Vibrant. Diverse. These are just a few of the adjectives that describe Hudson County, one of the most successful examples of urban development in the United States. Located in Northern New Jersey, across the Hudson River from New York City, Hudson County has long been known as a "Gateway to America". It continues today to live up to its nickname.
In recent years, it's also become a destination for high profile events with national and international reach. The Barclay's returned in 2013 to Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City and the AFC and NFC Champions both made Hudson County their "home away from home" prior to the Big Game in 2014. It's no surprise that high profile events like these have recently been staged in Hudson County. The area's proximity to New York City, one of the world's the largest media markets, extensive transportation system, and growing hospitality industry make it an attractive locale for corporate and sporting events, and visitors to the New York metropolitan area.
While Hudson County, comprised of 12 municipalities across just 46.2 square miles is New Jersey's smallest county by land area, it is also the State’s most densely populated and ethnically diverse County. In fact, Hudson County boasts 13,882 residents per square mile, making it the most densely populated county in the United States (based on U.S. Census Bureau data). More than 40% of the County's 641,000 residents are foreign born according to the U.S. Census Bureau and more than 57% of residents speak a language other than English at home.
This rich diversity provides a dynamic backdrop for a region also known as New Jersey's "Gold Coast". The Hudson County waterfront, stretching from Weehawken to Bayonne, gleams with recently developed offices, housing, marinas, shopping, and entertainment sites enhanced by landscaped riverside spaces. Jersey City, the County seat, boasts the 12th largest downtown in the United States and is home to both New Jersey's tallest office tower (the Goldman Sachs tower) and tallest residential building (Trump Plaza). Jersey City itself has come to be known as "Wall Street West" and is on track to becoming New Jersey’s largest City, our very own "Hong Kong on the Hudson."
We invite you to visit Hudson County and sample the great variety of restaurants, shopping districts, entertainment, and arts & culture institutions located throughout the region. Begin planning your itinerary today by checking out the numerous resources below.
New Jersey Transit (http://www.njtransit.com) provides information for Bus & Train lines and the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail System serving Northern New Jersey and Manhattan
See the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for information on the 24-hour PATH subway system serving Manhattan, Hoboken, Jersey City, Harrison and Newark
For information on area airports, see:
Google Map of New Jersey
Arts & Entertainment
There's plenty to do in Hudson County, home to Liberty Science Center, Pole Position Raceway and art galleries such as MANA Contemporary. To visit one of these venues or find others within our Membership, go to our Membership Directory and search one of the following categories. You can print the results or view them on a map of the area:
Arts and culture
Hudson County dining offers something for everyone. From casual dining to more formal venues, banquet halls and catering, the area has a diversity of options. To find restaurants within our Membership, go to our Membership Directory and search one of the following categories. You can print the results or view them on a map of the area:
Hotels abound from Secaucus and North Bergen to downtown Jersey City. Hotels in the area provide easy access to New York City, area airports and transportation hubs, shopping and dining. Many of the area's hotels also provide conference and meeting space. To find lodging within our Membership, go to our Membership Directory and search the category Hotels/Motels. You can print the results or view them on a map of the area.
Parks & Recreation
Hudson County is home to both Liberty State Park and Liberty Landing Marina, both part of New Jersey’s State Parks system. There are also numerous municipal parks and eight County parks, including Lincoln Park in Jersey City and Columbus Park in Hoboken. For a comprehensive listing of the parks within the County’s Park System, please visit: http://www.hudsoncountynj.org/county-park-system.aspx.
Hudson County History & Facts
See the Hudson County profile on Wikipedia.org
Check out Hudson County population and demographic facts provided by U.S. Census Bureau Quick Facts
Official Municipal Websites
Official County & State Websites
Our Visit Hudson County page is supported in part by a grant from NJ Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism.