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Liberty State Park, the downtown waterfront, Hamilton Park, the Rooftop at Exchange Place: if you’ve visited these hot spots in Jersey City, you may have taken photos and then posted them to Instagram. So, it’s no wonder that Jersey City is the most picturesque city in New Jersey, with 2.5 million posts on Insta.

A new study by New Jersey Real Estate Network analyzed Instagram hashtag data for cities in NJ and their respective populations to reveal the Garden State’s most Instagrammable areas. The study looked at the highest Instagram-city-related hashtag volume, the city populations according to the U.S. Census Bureau and hashtag volume per population ratio. The Top 10 cities have gotten more than 5 million posts with hashtags dedicated to their most beloved spots.

The top 10 spots are:
1. Jersey City
2. Union City
3. Trenton
4. Cherry Hill
5. Toms River
6. Passaic
7. Clifton
8. East Orange
9. Elizabeth
10. Newark


No. 1 on the list is Jersey City, where there are nine posts calculated per person; that means, on average, every person in town posted nine times to Instagram by the time of the study. Posts including the #jerseycity hashtag reveal a vibrant locale with restaurants, apartments with a view and vibrant street art. The No. 1 city on social media boasts of @lokaljc, an eatery and bar with a waterfront view.


The study revealed more than five posts per person in Union City use the hashtag #unioncity. Some photo-worthy spots include the 32nd Street and Bergenline Avenue intersection, as captured by @vintage.newjersey, and colorful smoothie meals from @playabowlsunioncity.


Trenton is the third most Instagrammable city. The hashtag #trenton gets about three pictures from every person. Beautiful sights include the Lower Trenton Bridge at night. For vegan lovers, Lady & the Shallot Plant Based Eatery has pretty foodie shots on its account.


The fourth city is Cherry Hill, with a ratio of just under three posts per person. Check out #cherryhill to see shots of the Historic Croft Farm or the romantic Feather Nest Inn.


Toms River is the fifth most Instagrammable city in NJ. Ocean County’s town gets about 2.5 pictures per person who visit the area, under the hashtag #tomsriver. Sunset photos along river housings, as seen on @jenskijiix86 feed, will grab your attention. @b2bistro_tr has specials for cod, empanadas and lamb burger lovers.


Passaic takes sixth place; there are about 2.4 pictures posted by every visitor coming through town. The city of Passaic has a bustling downtown business district, plus the train station and overlooks of the river.


The commercial hub city of Clifton has a 2.28 ratio to be in seventh place. There are organic farms, historical sites, architecture (like the Vanderhoef-Westervelt House) and Morris Canal Park and Nature Preserve.


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Earning eighth place with just about two posts for every person is East Orange. Car dealerships, hairstyling and nail arts are among the entrepreneurial posts on Instagram. There’s also unique street art, too.


In ninth place is Union County’s largest city, Elizabeth. The hashtag #elizabethnj gets about two posts for every person driving through or living in the city. Anything outdoors is a big draw, such as Warinanco Park. Teens take a lot of selfies at The Mills at Jersey Gardens. And who could forget Newark Airport, which lies in both Elizabeth and Newark?


Newark rounds out the top 10 with just under two posts per person. They are most likely capturing the Newark Museum of Art, the cherry blossoms at Branch Brook Park and Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

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