New Jersey at long last becomes more diverse

The Census Bureau has released its most recent population estimates. In today’s Star-Ledger there was a fascinating article about the changes and what they tell us about the future of New Jersey. The article had statistics for the entire state and by each county. To read a summary of the date and to access links to all of the data click here. To view statewide data as well as the data by county click here.

The following is an excerpt form the article. To read the full article click here.

New Jersey’s melting pot flavors far-flung counties
Thursday, August 09, 2007
By Robert Gebeloff and Julie O’Connor
Star-Ledger Staff

In New Jersey’s older urban areas, the pattern has held for years.

As the white population declines in places like Essex, Union and Hudson counties, the minority population grows.

But this decade, there’s a new twist: Minorities are also moving into the state’s more far-flung counties at a faster rate than whites, U.S. Census figures re leased this morning indicate.

The numbers show that blacks, Asians and Hispanics accounted for two-thirds of the population growth in the New Jersey counties that had the lowest percent of minority residents in 2000.

The spread of diversity to these mostly white counties is driven in part by upwardly mobile blacks and Hispanics leaving New Jersey’s cities and the general affluence of many Asian immigrants. But it is also a byproduct of service economy jobs generated by overall growth.

“The counties that are faster growing tend to have more affordable housing and are still within a commuting range of a good job,” said James Hughes, dean of the Bloustein School of Public Planning and Policy at Rutgers University. “And they also have service jobs for lower-income people.”

In the rest of the state, Hispanics, Asians and blacks represent the only population growth; the number of white residents has declined steadily, the figures show.

The new numbers come from the Census Bureau’s annual population estimates program. They are based on a government study of administrative records, including births, deaths, immigration statistics and change of address patterns recorded by the Internal Revenue Service.

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