Population Swells Demand for Redevelopment
August 18th, 2000 by Tim Evans
NJ Population Growth
- New Jersey’s population growth in the past decade would have been negligible without immigration from other countries.
- The number of residents leaving New Jersey for other states between 1990 and 1999 exceeded the number moving in from other states by 380,000.
- This population loss was barely offset by natural population increase (births minus deaths). Beyond that, almost all of New Jersey’s 5.1 percent population increase in the 1990s was due to international immigration. In contrast, international immigration accounted for slightly less than a third (31.3 percent) of the nation’s 9.6 percent population growth in the same decade
There’s good news for New Jersey’s older urban areas in the way New Jersey’s population is growing.
The influx of international immigrants who fueled New Jersey’s population growth in the 1990s have chosen to settle in older urban areas, especially the cities and older suburbs ringing New York. The international immigrant population of Hudson County grew by 70,000 in the past decade; Essex County grew by 54,000 immigrants; Passaic County by 45,000; and Bergen County by 48,000. This represents a strong new market for urban redevelopment not served by today’s sprawling development patterns.
Voters statewide echoed the same support for improved and revitalized cities in a statewide poll conducted in May by New Jersey Future. Some 72 percent of voters disagree that cities cannot be improved. Another 64 percent favor the idea of a $1 billion government bond to rehabilitate New Jersey’s large and small cities.
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B. Tim Evans, NJF Research Director