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New Census Estimates Show New Jersey Continues To Grow, But Slowly

Contact: Tim Evans  (tevansatnjfuturedotorg)  , Director of Research, 609-393-0008 ext. 103
State’s population tops 9 million for the first time


TRENTON, Dec. 20, 2017 — New Census Bureau state population estimates released today show New Jersey’s population increasing by 27,228 between 2016 and 2017, which represents a 0.30 percent increase. The nation’s population increased by 0.72 percent, so New Jersey grew by less than half the national rate.

New Jersey also hit a milestone this year, with its population exceeding the 9 million mark for the first time (the official population estimate for July 1, 2017 stands at 9,005,644). New Jersey remains the 11th most populous state in the nation, a rank it has held since 2005.

Despite trailing the nation’s growth rate, New Jersey’s growth number is an improvement compared to recent years. New Jersey’s 2015-2016 growth rate was only 0.21 percent (less than one-third of the national growth rate of 0.74 percent), and was an even smaller 0.19 percent between 2014 and 2015 (barely more than one-fourth of the national rate of 0.76 percent).

New Jersey’s growth rate in this estimate, albeit small, is enough to rank it number 32 out of the 50 states; in the previous estimate, New Jersey ranked 38th. Eight states actually lost population in this most recent estimate.

Looking at growth between 2010 and 2017, New Jersey ranks 34th, at 2.43 percent, compared to 5.49 percent for the nation as a whole. New York’s growth rate over the same period is virtually identical to New Jersey’s. Among Northeastern states, only Massachusetts, Maryland, and Delaware have outpaced New Jersey so far this decade.

New Jersey ranked 37th among the states for growth between 2000 and 2010, so it is doing comparatively better so far this decade than last. But its loss of Millennials, the largest generation in American history, represents a continuing threat to its growth in the future.

“New Jersey continues to grow and develop, breaking the 9 million person mark for the first time”, says Peter Kasabach, executive director of New Jersey Future. “The state is at a point where coordinated and purposeful guidance of state investments and incentives to create vibrant, walkable places could improve its prospects for growth, especially among the Millennial population.”

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