mayor, ras baraka

Welcome to Newark, America’s third oldest city!

Newark is a City with a great history, a dynamic present, and an exciting future. We are delighted that you are visiting our City, whether for business or pleasure.

Newark has given birth or been home to many titans of our nation’s history, to the earliest days of this country’s existence, including such greats as Washington Irving, Stephen Crane, Philip Roth, Sarah Vaughan, Queen Latifah, Whitney Houston, and Shaquille O’Neal. Our industrial heritage has fueled the nation’s development for more than 200 years.

Our transportation and technological networks place us at the center of the region’s and nation’s economy.

We are increasingly a corporate center, with Panasonic USA joining the ranks of Blue Cross/Blue Shield, PSE&G, NJ Transit and Prudential as major business organizations with headquarters here. And with six college campuses, we are proud to host more students than Cambridge, Massachusetts, in some of the most diverse and respected universities in the nation.

While in Newark, stroll through our recently rehabilitated Military Park in our historic downtown, home to the magnificent “Wars of America” statue, by Gutzon Borglum. Visit The Newark Museum, one of the finest art and science museums in America. Enjoy a musical performance at our world-class New Jersey Performing Arts Center or at the grande dame of Newark, our Symphony Hall.

Catch a New Jersey Devils ice hockey game, Seton Hall basketball game, or a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performance at the state-of-the-art Prudential Center, the nation’s seventh-busiest arena. Sample our unique cuisine at our many restaurants in our Ironbound neighborhood. Enjoy the placid trees and waters of Branch Brook Park.

Newark has much to offer its visitors. You will find our hospitality warm, our people diverse and friendly, and our City exciting in every way. You will leave here with warm memories, and wanting to come back again. We hope you will.

Welcome to Newark!

– Ras J. Baraka, Mayor, City of Newark

  • Founded in 1666 by Connecticut Puritans led by Robert Treat
  • Incorporated: October 31, 1693 (as township)
  • Reincorporated: April 11, 1836 (as city)
  • Size: 26.107 square miles