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Where Do New Jersey’s Out-Migrants Go?

October 25th, 2018 by Tim Evans

What are the most common destinations, at the county level, for people who move out of New Jersey? Part 1 of a series investigating where New Jersey’s out-migrating residents, in particular its Millennials, are going.

The question of whether or not New Jersey is losing Millennials to other states (answer: It is) raises other questions, including whether the out-migration of young people is any different from the long-standing general domestic out-migration from New Jersey (and indeed from most of the Northeast) to other, usually warmer, parts of the country. Where do people – of any age – go when they move out of New Jersey?

To establish a baseline for the top destinations for all New Jersey out-migrants irrespective of age, the table below contains a list of the top 30 counties that received the largest numbers of out-migrants from New Jersey between 2009 and 2015.* Read the rest of this entry »

New Jersey Future Releases Action Plan for Trenton Transit Center Area

October 23rd, 2018 by Peter Kasabach

New Jersey Future has released the Trenton Transit Center Strategic Action Plan, calling for the transformation of the neighborhood around the transit center into a vibrant and dynamic district. The neighborhood, which was designated as a federal Opportunity Zone, is home to several undeveloped properties, and lacks both accommodation for pedestrians and bicyclists and a unifying neighborhood identity, making it ripe for redevelopment. Read the rest of this entry »

DEP Gathers Input at Coastal Resilience Summit on Local Actions To Plan for Climate Change

October 23rd, 2018 by Tanya Rohrbach

New Jersey Future provided information on innovative planning strategies and implementation actions from other coastal locations

Damaged homes along the Jersey Shore (Courtesy of Greg Thompson, USFWS)

Temperatures are rising faster in New Jersey than the national average, and the rate of sea level rise is accelerating faster in New Jersey than globally, according to Bob Kopp, director of the Rutgers University Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. At the 2018 New Jersey Coastal Resilience Summit convened October 9-10 at Monmouth University by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, he and other climate experts presented data to show the extent to which sea level rise due to climate change will affect New Jersey’s coastal communities based on various scenarios of intensity. Read the rest of this entry »

New Jersey Future Contributes Resiliency Planning Chapter to Planning Guide

October 12th, 2018 by Tanya Rohrbach

The New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association has published the 2018 edition of the only comprehensive print resource for an overview of New Jersey planning law, regulation and policy.

New Jersey Future Planning Manager David Kutner, AICP, PP, co-authored the Resiliency Planning chapter of the 2018 edition of the Complete Guide to Planning in New Jersey, published by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association. Co-authors on the chapter include Hoboken Community Development Director Brandy Forbes, AICP; Hoboken Chief Sustainability Officer Jennifer Gonzalez, AICP; and Hoboken Principal Planner Caleb Stratton, AICP. With so many land use planning changes in New Jersey since the 2010 edition, particularly in the realm of sustainability, the need for this fourth edition of the guide was evident.

This is the first edition to include a chapter on Resiliency Planning. As part of the Resource Planning section of the guide, the Resiliency Planning chapter highlights important issues, provides an overview of adaptation strategies for building resilient communities, offers examples of resources, and makes recommendations for integrating resiliency into traditional planning methods. Read the rest of this entry »

The Transportation-Emissions Reduction Strategy No One’s Talking About

October 8th, 2018 by Tim Evans

welcome to new jersey traffic signTransportation is clearly an emissions and energy-use issue; moving people and goods from one place to another requires energy, which in turn generates emissions. In fact, the transportation sector is now the biggest contributor to New Jersey’s greenhouse gas emissions. In recognition of this fact, the Board of Public Utilities recently conducted a stakeholder meeting on “Clean and Reliable Transportation” as part of its effort to update the state’s Energy Master Plan. Read the rest of this entry »

New Jersey Future To Participate in Trenton Innovation Challenge Grant

October 2nd, 2018 by Elaine Clisham

New Jersey Future is a strategic partner in the $100,000 state Innovation Challenge Grant awarded to a consortium in the City of Trenton, and played a key role in the application process.

The grant will help the city develop the Trenton Production and Knowledge Innovation Campus, envisioned as an incubator, maker’s campus and training center near the Trenton Transit Center. Its investments will focus on both real estate development and workforce entrepreneurship training and mentoring, and will involve partnerships with several area institutions of higher learning as well as Trenton public schools. Read the rest of this entry »

Stormwater Camp: A Summer Week To Remember

September 25th, 2018 by Louise Wilson


New Jersey Future-funded Stormwater Camp in Sussex County finishes its second successful year.

Whose rain garden is this?”


That’s the question that Nathaniel Sajdak, watershed director at Wallkill River Watershed Management Group, asks of the children who help to plant, mulch and maintain a few big, beautiful rain gardens in Sussex County schools and parks. And that’s the answer they shout: “Ours!”

These bioretention basins collect and clean hundreds of thousands of gallons of stormwater runoff that otherwise would pick up pollutants on its way through pipes directly into the Paulinskill River, a pristine tributary to the Delaware River that flows through New Jersey’s Highlands. Read the rest of this entry »

Yes, Millennials Really Are Fleeing the State. The Data Say So.

September 12th, 2018 by Tim Evans

The number of Millennials has actually increased over time, both in New Jersey and nationally, thanks to international immigration, but far less in New Jersey than should be expected.


Contrary to some of the latest headlines, the recently released report commissioned by New Jersey Policy Perspective does in fact show that there is currently a net out-migration of Millennials from New Jersey, corroborating New Jersey Future’s 2017 report.  The fact that Millennials are leaving the state is not a myth.

The NJPP report set out to answer two questions: whether Millennials are leaving now at a faster rate than they have in the past; and whether Millennials are leaving at a faster rate from New Jersey than from select other high-cost states. The report concluded that the answer to both questions is no, but the data in the report showed that indeed Millennials are leaving both New Jersey and its neighbor states. Whether they are leaving faster, slower, or at the same rate as the previous generation of young people — for which appropriate data to support these assertions do not exist — does not change the fact that this generation is looking to live elsewhere. The young-person migration issue and the NJPP analysis are analogous to saying that our state’s water is polluted and has been for some time and is about as polluted as the water in neighboring states. It’s interesting to know this information and that we are consistent, but we still have a problem.

New Jersey Future has planned for the fall a series of articles looking into where out-migrating New Jersey Millennials have gone, and whether specific types of destinations provide clues as to what Millennials are looking for but are not finding in New Jersey. We will send out an announcement when each of these articles is live. In the meantime, below is a more detailed analysis of the trend.


Let’s start out by defining “Millennials” as people born between 1980 and 2000. How many such people are there, nationally and in New Jersey?

In 2000 — the year in which the last of the Millennials were born and when we’re first able to count all of them — the youngest Millennials were under 1 year old and the oldest were 20. So the age range 0 to 20 roughly represents the Millennial generation in the year 2000. In that year, there were 84,522,713 people 20 and under in the country, and in New Jersey there were 2,380,877.

In 2016, the youngest Millennials (those born in 2000) were 16 years old, and the oldest (those born in 1980) were 36. Unfortunately, the standard Census Bureau age ranges do not match up exactly to these endpoints, so we have to approximate. Based on inferences from Census Bureau age range data , in 2016 there were approximately 92,178,152 people aged 16 to 36 nationally and 2,420,989 in New Jersey. (More detail on how these approximations were calculated is available upon request  (tevansatnjfuturedotorg)  .) Read the rest of this entry »

New Model Ordinance Will Help Reduce Polluted Runoff in New Jersey

September 4th, 2018 by New Jersey Future staff

The following was written by Becky Hammer, NRDC’s deputy director of federal water policy, and originally appeared on the NRDC blog.

A new model ordinance will help New Jersey communities curb harmful stormwater runoff that pollutes local waterways and contributes to urban flooding.

The model ordinance is a new “action” promoted by Sustainable Jersey, a nonprofit organization that provides tools and training to support communities as they pursue sustainability goals. Under Sustainable Jersey’s sustainability certification program, municipalities undertake voluntary “actions” to earn “points” toward certification.

The model stormwater ordinance, which was developed in collaboration with NRDC, joined the menu of eligible sustainability “actions” last month. Read the rest of this entry »

DOT’s Municipal Aid: Look Beneath the (Re)Surface for Innovative Uses

August 17th, 2018 by Missy Rebovich

Municipal Aid application deadline is October 8.

Rendering of an upgraded Washington Street in Hoboken, including planned green infrastructure.

Dear municipalities,

Some of you are leaving money on the table.

The NJDOT’s Division of Local Aid and Economic Development has $115 million to offer municipalities through its Municipal Aid program to support a wide variety of local infrastructure projects. And while the program is often thought of as a resource for road preservation projects such as resurfacing or reconstruction, it can fund a wide array of improvements. Some municipalities may not have thought to envision what they could use the money for, so here are some ideas. Read the rest of this entry »

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