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Immigrants Bolster New Jersey Population

New Jersey's population would've shrunk in the past decade if it weren't for immigration

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Without immigration, New Jersey’s population would have fallen over the past decade, recently released Census data shows. From 2010 to 2019, the Hispanic and Asian populations of the state jumped nearly 20 percent, with more than 425,000 residents coming to New Jersey. The Hispanic population of the state now accounts for 1.86 million of the state’s 8.9 million residents, and that population grew by 292,000 people over the decade. The Asian population grew to 870,000, a rise of 133,500 people, and now represents 10 percent of the state’s makeup. A majority of New Jersey’s population is now close to being made up of minority races.

This increase in population allowed the state’s population to grow one percent over the decade, rather than decrease. Older white residents are moving to warmer states and younger residents are moving to less expensive states like Pennsylvania, Virginia or North Carolina.

In 2010, New Jersey was 59.4% white. Last year it was 54.6 white. “I’d expect it to be 50-50 definitely in the next decade, and probably sooner,” said Tim Evans, Tim Evans, the director of research for New Jersey Future, a nonprofit research organization. New Jersey’s Black population only increased by 1 percent, to 1.15 million. New Jersey was one of 11 mostly Northeastern states that reported a loss of white residents, based on people who identify themselves as while alone or white and another race. New Jersey Advance

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