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Trenton is the capital city of New Jersey and the county seat of Mercer County. With a population of almost 90,000, Trenton is small enough to still be friendly but large enough to sustain minor league baseball and hockey teams and the New Jersey State prison.
It’s not a geographically large city – about 8 square miles – but has an unfortunate high crime rate. In 2005, it was ranked fifth in overall crime rate among cities with populations between 50,000 and 100,000.
But Trenton is an interesting city with diverse neighborhoods and a number of museums and galleries. You can eat food from a wide array of cultures and styles here, and for the history buffs, there are a number of attractions sure to please.
Trenton’s location was pivotal during the Revolutionary War, with several important battles being fought there. As such, the history of the area is all around and several monuments attract people interested in the history of the time.
The New Jersey State Museum highlights much of this history, as does the Trent House, which is hailed as the oldest house in the city. Washington Crossing Park is often a magnet for visitors interested in the history of the area, and the only existing British colonial barracks in the country can be found here as well.