Trenton (New Jersey)

Mercer County


Trenton is the capital of the U.S. state of New Jersey and the county seat of Mercer County. In the 2010 census, the city had 84,913 inhabitants.

  • 3.1 Structures
  • 4.1 Economics
  • 4.2 traffic


Around the year 1679 established an English Quaker a flour mill, which became known as The Falls. William Trent, a merchant from Philadelphia, bought in 1714 the surrounding land. Shortly thereafter, the city was planned, which was initially named in 1721 Trent -town, and later given its present name.

On December 26, 1776, the Battle of Trenton took place here, in which the troops of George Washington taught the fighting on the British side Hessian soldiers a heavy defeat. The British counter-attack on the city on January 2, 1777 Washington had run through evasive maneuvers and orderly withdrawal into the void. In 1790, Trenton was capital of New Jersey.

Until the mid- 19th century the city had become one of the most advanced industrial centers in the United States. The iron and steel industry, which had been settled here in the mid-18th century, took in 1849 with the production of steel cables a significant upswing.

Population Development


Trenton is the seat of the Diocese of Trenton.

Culture and sights


Worth seeing are the built 1719 home of William Trent - Trent House - after whom the city is named, the Friends Meeting House (built in 1739 ), which with a golden dome provided State Capitol of New Jersey ( built in 1792 ) and the Old Masonic Lodge ( built in 1793 ).

Economy and infrastructure


The city is a commercial and industrial center and a major transportation hub. Among the most important production goods include printed materials, rubber, ceramic products, plastics, food, and metal goods.


Since March 14, 2004 is the River Line, a light rail connection in the 58 km distant Camden. From Trenton are from New York City (via New Jersey Transit ) and Philadelphia (via SEPTA ) are just over an hour. By Trenton the Delaware River, which represented an important link in the past, the sea flows.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Charles Conrad Abbott, archaeologist and naturalist
  • Mitch Albom, a sports journalist and writer
  • Samuel Alito, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
  • George Antheil, composer and pianist
  • Elvin Bethea, football player
  • Curt Clausen, Athlete
  • Richie Cole, jazz saxophonist
  • Johnny Coles, jazz trumpeter
  • James L. Conger, politicians
  • Orrin Evans, jazz pianist
  • GoonRock, record producer and musician
  • Drew Gress, jazz bassist
  • Thomas Guiry, movie actor
  • Roxanne Hart, actress
  • Bill Holcombe, music theorist, composer and flautist
  • Richard Kind, actor
  • Ernie Kovacs, actor and comedian
  • Karl Latham, jazz drummer
  • Judith Light, actress
  • N. Gregory Mankiw, Professor of Economics at Harvard University
  • William Mastrosimone, playwright and screenwriter
  • Joseph Reed, politicians
  • Jerry Robinson, comic book artist and political cartoonist
  • Dennis Rodman, basketball player
  • Bobby Sanguinetti, hockey player
  • Antonin Scalia, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Norman Schwarzkopf, General
  • Jon Stewart, comedian, actor, writer and producer
  • Augustus Washington, daguerreotypist
  • Charlie Weis, Football Coach


Trenton is the Handlungsort the successful detective series by Janet Evanovich about bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. Furthermore, it is the destination of the play The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden by Thornton Wilder.