Hudson County is the smallest and most urban county in northeastern New Jersey, and sixth most densely populated in the United States. Located on two penisulas between the Hudson, Hackensack, and Passaic rivers it has, while being in the midst of the New York City metropolitan area, a distinct history and character from either the city across from which it sits and the rest of the state on the other side of the New Jersey Meadowlands, and is often overlooked by both. The thirteen municipalites which comprise Hudson often share borders that are city streets where the demarcation is barely, if at all noted. Since its beginnings in the 17th century the region has been home to waves of immigrants, making it one of ethnically diverse in America.
- 1 Bayonne — a typical working class town
- 2 Harrison
- 3 Hoboken — Tree-lined streets with well-preserved brownstones typify this former dockworkers' town overlooking the Hudson. Yuppies are taking over Hoboken's old Italian and Irish neighborhoods, but the city still has the highest number of bars per square mile in the country! Birthplace of Frank Sinatra and the location of the world's first baseball game.
- 4 Jersey City — Directly across the Hudson River from downtown Manhattan, New Jersey's second largest city is undergoing a large-scale urban renaissance attracting a large yuppie population. The development of commercial skyscrapers in the Newport and Paulus Hook areas earned the city the nickname of "Wall Street West." Known for its ethnic diversity, Jersey City is becoming an increasingly cosmopolitan area.
- 5 Secaucus
- 6 Union City — The most densely populated city in the United States. A Hispanic district of Hudson county that has wonderful parks and food.
- 7 Weehawken — a hamlet atop the Hudson Palisades offering stunning views of the Hudson River and NY skyline.
Traversed north and south by both the Eastern and Western spurs of the New Jersey Turnpike (I95), and US routes 1 and 9; and east and west by State Rt 3/ I495 in the North and State Rt 7 and Rt 78 to the south, It is split between adjoined towns east and west of the Meadowlands and Hackensack River. To the east of the Hackensack, Jersey City, Bayonne, Hoboken and several other towns that border the Hudson and connect via tunnels to New York City Lincoln Tunnel on I495, Holland Tunnel feeding from the NJ Turnpike Extension exit 14C and Routes 1 and 9. In the middle, centered in the Meadowlands area is Secaucus, the site of the Meadowlands Entertainment complex including the MetLife Stadium which is home to the New York NFL Giants and Jets teams. To the west of the Hackensack in West Hudson are (from South to North), Harrison, East Newark and Kearny, bordering the Passaic River to the West. Extensive commuter train service via NJ Transit and the PATH system serve most of the county. Closest airport connection is at the Newark-Liberty airport in neighboring Essex county to the South West. Jersey City, Hoboken, Union City, Weehawken and Harrison are among the most "walking" and public transport friendly municipalities in New Jersey, and a wide choice of hotels, motels and other accommodations exist throughout the area.