Welcome to Elizabeth, New Jersey, a City with a proud history dating back to the founding of our Country, and an even more exciting future.
With a population of 124,969, the City of Elizabeth is New Jersey’s fourth largest City. As the Union County Seat, Elizabeth contains most major governmental offices and courts servicing the County.
Over the past years the City has experienced remarkable revitalization and development efforts boasting the area’s most exciting retail and entertainment opportunities. Last year more than 15 million people visited Elizabeth’s Jersey Gardens Mall, the largest mall on the East Coast. Elizabeth is also home to the nation’s top performing IKEA store and the largest Toys-R-Us Kids World.
Elizabeth is a City easily accessible by land, sea, rail, and air, located in one of the largest metropolitan areas in the Nation. It is a great American City that many are proud to call home and many more love to visit.
In 1664, a group of Englishmen formed the Elizabethtown Associates and purchased a land area west of Newark Bay, including the area of current day Elizabeth.
Elizabethtown, named in honor of the wife of Sir George Carteret, was established on the banks of the Elizabeth River. Elizabethtown thrived with a population of 700 and the City became the first capital of New Jersey.
From the days of Elizabeth's founding, great men have walked the City's streets. Alexander Hamilton called Elizabeth home for a time during his youth and George Washington came here en route to New York to be sworn in as the first President of the United States in 1789. Elizabeth's proud history can be seen in the numerous memorials, historic sites, and statues that dot the City's landscape.