Hudson County
View north on Hudson Waterfront
View north on Hudson Waterfront
Flag of Hudson County
Flag
Map of New Jersey highlighting Hudson County
Location within the U.S. state of New Jersey
Map of the United States highlighting New Jersey
New Jersey's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 40°44′N 74°05′W / 40.73°N 74.08°W / 40.73; -74.08Coordinates: 40°44′N 74°05′W / 40.73°N 74.08°W / 40.73; -74.08
CountryUnited States
State New Jersey
Founded1840
Named forHenry Hudson
SeatJersey City[1]
Largest cityJersey City
Area
 • Total62.31 sq mi (161.4 km2)
 • Land46.19 sq mi (119.6 km2)
 • Water16.12 sq mi (41.8 km2)  25.87%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2018)
676,061
 • Density14,973.9/sq mi (5,781.5/km2)
Congressional districts8th, 9th, 10th
Websitewww.hudsoncountynj.org

Hudson County, a county in the U.S. state of New Jersey, lies west of the lower Hudson River, which was named for Henry Hudson, the sea captain who explored the area in 1609.[2] Part of New Jersey's Gateway Region in the New York metropolitan area, Jersey City is its largest city and county seat.[1]

As of the 2018 Census estimate, Hudson County was the fastest-growing county in New Jersey compared to 2010; the county's population was 676,061, making it the state's 4th-most populous county,[3][4][5] an increase of 9.0% from the 2010 United States Census, when its population was enumerated at 634,266,[6] in turn an increase of 25,291 (+4.2%) from the 608,975 enumerated in the 2000 Census.[7] Hudson County is the fourth-most populous county in the state.[8][9] Hudson County is the geographically smallest and most densely populated county in New Jersey and the sixth-most densely populated county in the United States with 13,731.4 residents per square mile of total area in 2010,[10] and 14,973.9 per square mile in 2017.

Geography and topography

Municipalities

Hudson County municipalities index map
Interactive map of municipalities of Hudson County.

There are 12 municipalities in Hudson County, listed with area in square miles and 2010 Census data for population and housing.[11] North Hudson and West Hudson each comprise municipalities in their distinct areas.

Municipality Map
key
Municipal
type
Population
(2010)
Housing
units
Total
area
Water
area
Land
area
Pop.
density
Housing
density
Bayonne 1 city 63,024 27,799 11.08 5.28 5.80 10,858.3 4,789.4
East Newark 10 borough 2,406 794 0.12 0.02 0.10 23,532.1 7,765.8
Guttenberg 6 town 11,176 4,839 0.24 0.05 0.20 57,116.0 24,730.2
Harrison 9 town 13,620 5,228 1.32 0.12 1.20 11,319.3 4,344.9
Hoboken 3 city 50,005 26,855 2.01 0.74 1.28 39,212.0 21,058.7
Jersey City 2 city 247,597 108,720 21.08 6.29 14.79 16,736.6 7,349.1
Kearny 8 town 40,684 14,180 10.19 1.42 8.77 4,636.5 1,616.0
North Bergen 11 township 60,773 23,912 5.57 0.44 5.13 11,838.0 4,657.8
Secaucus 7 town 16,264 6,846 6.60 0.78 5.82 2,793.7 1,175.9
Union City 4 city 66,455 24,931 1.28 0.00 1.28 51,810.1 19,436.9
Weehawken 12 township 12,554 6,213 1.48 0.68 0.80 15,764.6 7,801.9
West New York 5 town 49,708 20,018 1.33 0.32 1.01 49,341.7 19,870.5
Hudson County county 634,266 270,335 62.31 16.12 46.19 13,731.4 5,852.5

Landforms and borders

Satellite image showing the core of the New York metropolitan area. Over 10 million people live in the imaged area. Much of Hudson County is located on the peninsula at left.

According to the 2010 Census, the county had a total area of 62.31 square miles (161.4 km2), including 46.19 square miles (119.6 km2) of land (74.1%) and 16.12 square miles (41.8 km2) of water (25.9