Trenton, with an estimated population of 84,639 residents, has origins dating back to its Quaker roots. The city is one of New Jersey's initial group of 104 townships by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798.
The city was formerly considered an anchor city of the Philadelphia Metro area; but in 2000, Trenton was re-designated as an anchor city for the New York Metropolitan Area. The city flourished as a major manufacturing center in the late 1800s and early 1900s, which gave rise to the city's slogan of the era: "Trenton Makes, The World Takes." This signified Trenton's initial role as a major steel manufacturing center.
Trenton is the home of two post-secondary institutions: Thomas Edison State College, and Mercer County Community College.