About Mapping New Jersey: An Evolving Landscape


Edited by Maxine Lurie and Peter Wacker. Cartographer: Michael Siegel

The editors believe that New Jersey is a place of interest and importance. The Encyclopedia of New Jersey, published by the Rutgers University Press in 2004, was a major reference work that provided a wealth of information on the history, culture, economy, and politics of the state.

The enthusiastic response to the Encyclopedia of New Jersey was the catalyst for this volume. An advisory board of experts was been assembled to help guide this new endeavor.

Mapping New Jersey is the first interpretive atlas of the state in more than one hundred years. For a small state, New Jersey has a wealth of diversity and is a study in contrasts which are illustrated by over two hundred maps, graphs, and diagrams in this book. With an agricultural economy for most of its history since colonial days, New Jersey was nicknamed the "Garden State", yet it was one of the earliest states to turn to manufacturing. New Jersey has the nation's highest population density, with suburban sprawl that devours farmland, but also has large portions of the state preserved from development.

The editors organized the project into six chapters:
environment, demography, transportation, land use, economics, and politics.
Each chapter begins with an overview of the topic and there are short essays throughout to round out the stories told by the maps.