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Posts Tagged ‘Demographics’

Hispanic Heritage Month and the Growth of New Jersey’s Latinx Population

Wednesday, October 13th, 2021

Some of my favorite stories are the ones my grandparents tell me about their journey from Bolivia to the U.S.—about finding their first jobs, struggling to “fit in,” and raising a family of six in a North Jersey suburb. Stories about finding a sense of community in an unfamiliar place.

Census 2020: New Jersey’s Older and Increasingly Diverse Centers Are Now Leading The State’s Population Growth

Monday, September 13th, 2021

The demographic story of the 2010s in New Jersey was the return of population growth to the state’s walkable, mixed-use centers—cities, towns, and older suburbs with traditional downtowns. Driven in particular by the Millennial generation’s desire for live-work-shop-play environments, many of the state’s older centers experienced their biggest population increases since before the 1950s.

Is Jersey City a Suburb? Joel Kotkin Thinks So.

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

For much of the past decade, there has been a constant media drumbeat about the “return to the cities.” Urban real estate interests, environmentalists and planners have widely promoted this idea.

Another Nail in the McMansion Coffin?

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Last month, we reported on a study by the National Association of Homebuilders showing that young people prefer to live in an urban environment with easy access to amenities, rather than the suburban cul-de-sac neighborhoods in which they grew up.

College Students as a Leading Indicator of Diversity

Monday, January 31st, 2011

The Fall 2010 issue of Rutgers Magazine featured this very interesting half-page item listing the 10 most common surnames among the Rutgers student body in 2009 and in 1990, showing how the demographic composition of the student body has changed over nearly 20 years.

Population Growth Slows in NJ, Nationally

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

 
map source: Census Bureau
 

One of the headlines that has already been mentioned repeatedly in news stories about the new 2010 Census national and state population totals is that the country’s rate of growth in the 2000s — 9.7 percent — is its slowest rate of growth over a decade since the Great Depression (the US […]

Walkable, Transit-Rich Neighborhoods Poised for Comeback

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

image source: The Atlantic

In the June 2010 issue of the Atlantic, contributor Christopher Lineberger argues in “Here Comes the Neighborhood” that the recent plunge in housing prices hasn’t affected walkable neighborhoods in urban and inner-suburban areas to the same extent as elsewhere.  Demand for in-town housing will increase in the future, he […]

By the Numbers: County Population Estimates Defy Earlier Trends

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Is the sudden, recent population growth in older, more urbanized counties in the Northeast a short-term phenomenon? Or has the exodus from New York City and northern New Jersey to the Pocono counties of northeastern Pennsylvania run its course?
The Census Bureau recently released county population estimates for 2009, and some of the results […]

Non-English-Speakers More Common in NJ than Nationally

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

image source: United Nations
The Census Bureau has just released new data on people age 5 and older who speak a language other than English at home.   The press release mentions New Jersey twice, as being among the states with the highest percentages of speakers of Slavic languages and of Korean.
A quick analysis of the linked […]

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