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Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of New Jersey’s Transit Village Program

Monday, December 9th, 2019

The NJ Department of Transportation and NJ Transit hosted an event on Nov. 14 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Transit Village program.

Where does impervious cover have the biggest impact?

Monday, November 11th, 2019

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently released a 2015 update of its land use / land cover data set. The LU/LC dataset offers a periodic snapshot of how and where New Jersey both uses and preserves its land.

Population Growth in Older Centers (but not all of them) Continues To Outstrip the Rest of the State

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

The Census Bureau’s municipal population estimates for 2018 show that redevelopment of older centers continues to be the way New Jersey is growing. However, not all areas are seeing this growth.

Job Growth Finally Following Population to Compact Centers

Friday, May 3rd, 2019

Even as population growth has moved back to compact, walkable places since 2008, job growth initially continued to occur in low-density suburban locations. The latest numbers from the state Department of Labor show that, starting in 2014, that trend has reversed.

New County Population Estimates: More of the Same Changes

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

New census county population estimates show older urban areas are continuing to revitalize. Some growth is even returning to New Jersey’s exurban areas.

Are Millennials Leaving New Jersey Because Housing Costs Too Much?

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

A look at the places with the characteristics that typically attract Millennials, but that aren’t attracting New Jersey Millennial out-migrants, suggests that housing costs could be a key factor in where these out-migrants decide to live.

New Jersey’s Approval Rate Sinking With Young Adults

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

The latest Monmouth Poll Garden State Quality of Life Index shows continuing and growing dissatisfaction among young adults. Census data offer some insights into why.

What Kinds of Places Are Attracting New Jersey’s Out-migrating Millennials?

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

Analysis of county-to-county migration data shows New Jersey’s out-migrating Millennials are drawn to walkable, mixed-use, transit-accessible population centers. Out-migrants of older generations, by contrast, are more drawn to the outlying parts of metropolitan areas.

Report Gives New Jersey High Marks for Designating Opportunity Zones in Smart-Growth Locations

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

A new national report ranks New Jersey’s Opportunity zones high on smart-growth location potential, but also high on an index that predicts residents’ vulnerability to displacement.

New Population Estimates: New Jersey’s Still Growing, But Slowly

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

New annual state population estimates show New Jersey continues to grow, albeit slowly, and still retains the title of most densely populated state in the country. It also ranks fourth among states for out-migration, relying heavily on international immigration to keep its population change in the black.

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