Liquor licenses by population
By state law, New Jersey municipalities can only issue one new liquor license to a restaurant or bar for every 3,000 residents. Because preexisting licenses were grandfathered in when the law changed, some cities have far more licenses than the population quota would allow.
50,000100,000150,000200,000250,00050100150200250Within quotaMaxed out1 license per 3,000 residentsPopulationRestaurant/barliquor licensesAtlantic CityWildwoodNewarkHobokenJersey CityTrentonEdisonLakewoodPatersonElizabeth
Data: New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, American Community Survey
Note: excludes dry municipalities.