Definitions of South Jersey
While a recent project on mapping what major city people affiliate with most, shows remarkable evidence that the old East Jersey/West Jersey boundary still lives in South Jersey Consciousness, here is a list, based mostly on County lines, of some conceivable boundary lines from minimum to maximum:
3. Northern borders of Salem, Cumberland, Atlantic (4 counties)
4. Northern borders of Gloucester, Atlantic (5 counties)
5. Northern borders of Camden, Atlantic (6 counties)
5a. Northern borders of Camden, Atlantic, plus fringe (6+) [i.e., + north banks Pennsauken, Little Egg Harbor]
5b. Pennsauken Ck to Barnegat [the earliest official, but short-lived, south Jersey line (more)]
6. Northern border of Burlington County (includes 7 counties)
7. Northern borders of Burlington, Ocean (8 counties) (approximated by Interstate Highway I-195)
8. Northern borders of Burlington, Ocean, Monmouth (9 counties) (the wasp waist)
And lastly, there is what I like to call the "Receding Hairline" definition. :-) Some residents of South Jersey will personally define what is South Jersey by the amount of over-development that occurs. If rural character is used as a yardstick then South Jersey is the area that is less developed than North Jersey. Unfortunately, the hairline continues to recede.
This site maintained by Bob Barnett.
Last updated: 2007 Seventh Month, 26th.