Elizabeth, New Jersey

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Elizabeth is a city located in the northeastern portion of the present-day U.S. state of New Jersey.  Prior to invasions perpetrated by those of European descent, this area had been inhabited for hundreds of years by the Munsee-Delaware peoples.  As for the city of Elizabeth, New Jersey specifically, it was originally called “Elizabethtown,” and it was considered part of the Elizabethtown Tract, which was founded by English settlers in 1664.  Elizabeth, New Jersey was officially created on March 13th, 1855, by an act of the New Jersey Legislature.  Contrary to popular opinion, the city of Elizabeth, New Jersey was not named for Queen Elizabeth I, but rather for Elizabeth Carteret, who was married to Sir George Carteret, one of the two original Proprietors of the British Colony of New Jersey.  Elizabeth Carteret was the daughter of Anne Dowse and Phillippe de Carteret II, 3rd Seigneur de Sark.

Today, according to a 2017 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Elizabeth, New Jersey has a total population of 130,215 people.  This makes it the most populous city in Union County and the fourth most populous city in the entire state of New Jersey.

Economically, Elizabeth, New Jersey has perhaps been best known for its transportation facilities.  In fact, the Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal is considered one of the busiest ports in the world.  This is also true for the Newark Liberty International Airport (parts of which are located within Elizabeth, New Jersey.)  The city of Elizabeth, New Jersey is also home to Little Jimmy’s Italian Ices, the Jersey Gardens Outlet Mall, Lowes Theater, the Elizabeth Center, and New England Motor Freight.

Additionally, portions of the city of Elizabeth, New Jersey are “covered by the Urban Enterprise Zone, one of 27 such zones to be found in the state of New Jersey.  In addition to other benefits to encourage employment within the zone, shoppers can take advantage of a reduced 3.3125% sales tax rate (versus the 6.625% rate charged statewide.”  Elizabeth, New Jersey’s Urban Enterprise Zone was established in 1992, and it is set to expire in November of the year 2023.

Elsewhere in the city of Elizabeth, New Jersey is Elizabet’s City Hall, which was designed by the architects Eggers & Higgins all the way back in 1940.  More recently, the city of Elizabeth, New Jersey was named “One of America’s 50 Greenest Cities” by the magazine Popular Science back in 2008.

The city of Elizabeth, New Jersey is divided into multiple districts and neighborhoods.  Elizabeth, New Jersey’s districts and neighborhoods include, but are certainly not limited to Midtown, Uptown, Bayway, DownTown, Elizabethport, Elmora and the West End, Frog Hollow, Elmora Hills, Keighry Head, North End, North Elizabeth, Peterstown, The Point, The Crossroads, Quality Hill, and of course, last but certainly not least, the neighborhood of Westminster.  Elsewhere, the city of Elizabeth, New Jersey is also home to Elizabeth Public Schools (which include Elizabeth High School), St. Mary of the Assumption High School, and Benedictine Academy.

Any chance you may actually be the lucky owner of a small business in and/or around the Elizabeth, New Jersey area?  Have you ever thought about the possibility of becoming such an eminent entrepreneur?  If this is the case – you need look no further!  Below, we have provided you, and other potential entrepreneurs like you, with a delicious variety of helpful small business resources:

Apply for a Business License in Elizabeth, New Jersey:


New Jersey Business Associates:


Greater Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce:


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