New data from the 2020 Census is in, and it’s good news for Hudson County. The county population grew from 634,266 in 2010 to 724,854 in 2020. One of the most populous counties in New Jersey, it is also one of the most diverse in the state and the nation.
Hispanics and Latinos make up the largest racial and ethnic group at 40.4 percent. The white population is the second largest at 28.5 percent. Asians are the third largest at 17 percent; Black or African American are the fourth largest at 9.8 percent; Those who are two or more races are 2.8 percent; those of another race are 1.3 percent; and American Indian or Alaska Native are .1 percent.
Jersey City is first in population growth, going from 247,597 in 2010 to 292,449 in 2020. It remains behind Newark, the largest city in New Jersey.
According to data from the 2019 American Community Survey(ACS) presented with 2020 Census data, 50.4 percent of the population was female; 28.5 percent were Hispanic or Latino; 25.1 percent were Asian; 22.9 percent were Black or African American; and 21.9 percent were white. 3.8 percent were two or more races, and .3 percent were American Indian and Alaska Native.
“Over the course of the last decade it’s clear that Jersey City has been recognized by people in the United States and from abroad as a great place to live, work and raise their families,” said Mayor Steve Fulop in a statement. “I think 50,000 new residents in that time span of varying ethnicities and races confirms that.
“While so many cities in the country have witnessed flight due to the pandemic, we haven’t seen that. In fact, with a number of great transformational projects underway within our boarders, I think our growth will continue and that even greater days for our city are in the near future.”
Bayonne ranks second, rising by nearly 9,000 residents since the 2010 Census, which equates to a 14 percent increase.
In the 2010 Census, Bayonne had 63,024 residents. In 2020, it had 71,686.
“Bayonne has just experienced our greatest population growth since the 1920s, when we added 12,225 people to our population,” Mayor James Davis said. “Bayonne has achieved a population we have not had since the 1970s. After decades of population loss, we are living through a period of significant growth.”
Davis said that Bayonne has seen a population increase for the past three censuses.
“Our City Administration is pro-growth,” Davis said. “We have attracted real estate developers and new residents to Bayonne. The former Military Ocean Terminal is being redeveloped. New apartment houses have been constructed throughout the community. New immigrants have come from all over the world, especially from Latin America, Egypt, Asia, and Poland. Commuters have relocated here from other parts of the metropolitan area, attracted by Light Rail and rents more affordable than those found in New York City.”
According to 2019 ACS data, 51.1 percent of the population was female; 44.3 percent were white; 33.5 percent were Hispanic or Latino; 10.6 percent were Black or African American; 9.9 percent were Asian; 4.2 percent were two or more races; .3 percent were Native American; and .3 percent were Pacific Islander.
“As we look ahead to 2030, we can expect more residential development in Bayonne,” Davis said. “The future ferry and other transportation options will attract more residents in the years to come.”
Hoboken is fifth, growing from 50,005 in 2010 to 60,419 in 2020.
According to 2019 ACS data, 50.4 percent of the population was female; 69.4 percent were white; 16 percent were Hispanic or Latino; 9.8 percent were Asian; 3.9 percent were two or more races; and 3.4 percent were Black or African American.
“The census results prove what Hoboken residents have known all along, that this City is an amazingly vibrant and welcoming community to call home,” said Hoboken spokesperson Marilyn Baer. “The census data ensures that Hoboken will receive increased federal funding and provides crucial information for future planning.”
The rest of Hudson
Union City is the third largest municipality, which grew from 66,455 in 2010 to 68,589 in 2020.
North Bergen is fourth, growing from 60,773 in 2010 to 63,361 in 2020.
West New York is sixth, growing from 49,708 in 2010 to 52,912 in 2020.
Kearny is seventh, growing from 40,684 in 2010 to 41,999 in 2020.
Secaucus is eighth, growing from 16,264 in 2010 to 22,181 in 2020.
Harrison is ninth, growing from 13,620 in 2010 to 19,450 in 2020.
Weehawken is tenth, growing from 12,554 in 2010, to 17,197 in 2020.
Guttenberg grew from 11,176 in 2010, to 12,017 in 2020.
East Newark is the smallest municipality in the county. Because the town has less than 5,000 residents, population data was not available.
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