Essex County, New Jersey

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Essex County
Essex County higlighted in red
Essex County higlighted in red
Country United States
State New Jersey
Founded March 7, 1683
 • Type County seat
 • Seat Newark
 • Total 130 sq mi (337 km2)
 • Land 126 sq mi (326 km2)
 • Water 4 sq mi (8 km2)  2.54%
Population (2009)
 • Total 769,644
 • Density 6,298.7/sq mi (2,431.9/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (UTC)

Essex County is a county in the northeastern part of the U.S. state of New Jersey. As of 2009, 769,644 people lived there,[1] making it the third most populous county in the state, behind Bergen County and Middlesex County, and the second most densely population county in the state after Hudson County. The seat of the county is Newark, the largest city in the state.

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