New Jersey Regions: North, Central, South & the Jersey Shore

New Jersey Regions Small ©bestofnj.comWhen I founded BestofNJ.com I wanted to keep things really simple. I created a N.J. map that divided the state into 3 regions: North, Central and South.



Now that I’ve had more time to deal with the site and the state, I realize that I have to make some changes to better reflect the character and diversity of the state. I’ve spent a lot of time at the Jersey Shore since I drew those original lines of demarcation. I know that the Shore is a completely different world than South Jersey and I know that it deserves its own grouping.

Our new organizational system features 4 major regions of New Jersey: North New Jersey, Central New Jersey, South New Jersey and the Jersey Shore. Monmouth County moves from Central New Jersey to the Jersey Shore grouping and Atlantic, Cape May and Ocean County move from South New Jersey to the Jersey Shore grouping. This is how it goes:

Major Regions of New Jersey

  1. North New Jersey
  2. Central New Jersey
  3. South New Jersey
  4. Jersey Shore

Counties of the North New Jersey Region:

    1. Bergen County
    2. Essex County
    3. Hudson County
    4. Morris County
    5. Passaic County
    6. Sussex County
    7. Warren County
NJ Regions Map © 2012 by BestofNJ.com

NJ Regions Map © 2012 by BestofNJ.com & John Stringfellow

Counties of the Central New Jersey Region

  1. Hunterdon County
  2. Mercer County
  3. Middlesex County
  4. Somerset County
  5. Union County

Counties of the South New Jersey Region

  1. Burlington County
  2. Camden County
  3. Cumberland County
  4. Gloucester County
  5. Salem County

Counties of the Jersey Shore Region

    1. Atlantic County
    2. Cape May County
    3. Monmouth County
    4. Ocean County

 

Here’s the original philosophy behind our 3 regions and the original much copied map that we made:

At the risk of offending some of you, we have come up with our own simplified Regions of New Jersey and drawn a map to explain them. This is how we will refer to, categorize and tag our events and our features on BestofNJ.com. We think this will make things much simpler for visitors to the state that have no idea where the Skylands or the Gateway is.

It has always been difficult to understand the regions that New Jersey is divided into. The most common regional divisions have been established by the New Jersey Department of Tourism and for the life of me, I am still trying to understand why my home region is called the Skylands Region. Other areas of confusion arise when you try to define which counties comprise Central New Jersey, or where Central Jersey ends and where North Jersey begins.

NJ Regions: North, Central & South New Jersey, @ BestofNJ.com

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14 Responses to New Jersey Regions: North, Central, South & the Jersey Shore

  1. Big Jay Sorensen December 8, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

    Hiya!
    This topic of what the regions ARE in the great Garden State is one near and dear to my heart. It was one of the first topics I discussed as a talk show host on New Jersey 101.5 way back in 1990. There IS not real answer!
    There is an email floating around just today depicting a NEW map of NJ with various new designations of the state’s diverse regions. It’s a humorous look at ourselves that was discussed JUST today on NJ 101.5 by Dennis & Judi. A perfect discussion for a state that doesn’t quite know what it is; but we like it.

    BE BIG!
    Jay

    • John Stringfellow December 8, 2011 at 10:05 pm #

      Jay,

      Thanks for stopping in. I just visited your site. You have quite a history in New Jersey. It is nice to meet you. Can you tell me where that New NJ map is? Is it posted online anywhere?

      John

  2. Al smith June 4, 2014 at 9:17 am #

    I think you are muddying the waters by marking huge counties that have a wet border as “the jersey shore”. western and central portions of three of the four have nothing to do with shore tourism and are home to bedroom communities, horse breeding, farming, pineys jersey devils and such. Why not a step further and east and west jersey? see how confusing that could get? The original “argument” as it were, was who was central who was south and who was north. Now you put another into the mix, You got it right the first time. aint broke don’t fix it.

    • John Stringfellow June 4, 2014 at 10:37 am #

      Dear Al,

      Good Morning! I am happy to have the Jersey Wars continue and to have your perspective on this. I actually am considering whether I should do an east and west divide and sometimes I think that the North Jersey Shore has very little to do with the character of the South Jersey Shore. You are right in your assertion that the first divisions that I made had a beautiful simplicity. As I learn more about each region, I feel that any and all divisions are meaningless. Should I should just list the events by the county that they occur in?

      Sincerely,
      John Stringfellow, owner of BestofNJ.com

  3. Biff July 11, 2014 at 5:18 pm #

    I’ll quibble with putting Union County in Central Jersey. Most people in Union County probably think of themselves as living in Northern NJ, rather than Central NJ. I suspect that is because of Union County’s proximity to NYC and NYC sports and tv. There aren’t many Eagles/Phillies fans in the UC, but you definitely find them in Central and South Jersey.

    • John Stringfellow July 11, 2014 at 7:05 pm #

      Dear “Biff”,

      Thanks for dropping by and for sharing your opinion. There are as many ways to draw the regional map of New Jersey as there are people who live in the state. There are many that consider any county that borders NYC The Gateway region. I do see the sense of that but then if you look at the reach of Middlesex County you will see that it reaches far into the central part of the state.

      My division of the state is not perfect. I do not think that there is such a thing.

      John

    • John Stringfellow July 11, 2014 at 7:07 pm #

      “Biff @ example.com”,

      The question I have for you then is this: What constitutes Central Jersey?

      John

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