These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In New Jersey For 2019


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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the fastest growing cities in New Jersey.

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Is being in an area that’s growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Newark and Jersey City, while others want peace and quiet like in Demarest and Wildwood, thank you very much.

But today we’re going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts — over the past five years, which cities in New Jersey have the grown the fastest.

After getting knee deep in the Census’s American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Garden State that have people climbing over each other to get in.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in New Jersey for 2019 according to the most recent census data:

  1. Secaucus (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Harrison (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Hoboken (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Raritan (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Edgewater (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. West New York (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Montvale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Jersey City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Rahway (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Palisades Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you happen to be a resident of Secaucus, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you’re surprised–and you’re wondering why these places are kind of a big deal–keep reading. We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in New Jersey are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in New Jersey or the Fastest Growing States In America.

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Garden State

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the begining of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Population in 2017
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2017 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

We ranked all 187 New Jersey cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.

The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Garden State.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Population 2017 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here’s a graph of the cities in New Jersey with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in new jersey

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1. Secaucus

Secaucus, New Jersey

Population: 19,279
Population 2010: 16,008
Growth Rate: 20.43%
Absolute Growth: 3,271
More on Secaucus: Homes For Sale | Data
Secaucus (/sikks/ SEE-kaw-kus) is a town in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the town’s population was 16,264, reflecting an increase of 333 (+2.1%) from the 15,931 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,870 (+13.3%) from the 14,061 counted in the 1990 Census.

2. Harrison

Harrison, New Jersey

Population: 15,898
Population 2010: 13,569
Growth Rate: 17.16%
Absolute Growth: 2,329
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Harrison is a town in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States. It is a suburb of the nearby city of Newark, New Jersey.

3. Hoboken

Hoboken, New Jersey

Population: 54,117
Population 2010: 47,384
Growth Rate: 14.21%
Absolute Growth: 6,733
More on Hoboken: Homes For Sale | Data
Hoboken (/hobokn/ HOH-boh-kn; Unami: Hupokàn) is a city in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city’s population was 50,005, having grown by 11,428 (+29.6%) from 38,577 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 5,180 (+15.5%) from the 33,397 in the 1990 Census. Hoboken is part of the New York metropolitan area and is the site of Hoboken Terminal, a major transportation hub for the region.

4. Raritan

Raritan, New Jersey

Population: 7,758
Population 2010: 6,814
Growth Rate: 13.85%
Absolute Growth: 944
More on Raritan: Homes For Sale | Data
Raritan is a borough in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough’s population was 6,881, reflecting an increase of 543 (+8.6%) from the 6,338 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 540 (+9.3%) from the 5,798 counted in the 1990 Census.

5. Edgewater

Edgewater, New Jersey

Population: 12,165
Population 2010: 10,766
Growth Rate: 12.99%
Absolute Growth: 1,399
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Edgewater is a borough located along the Hudson River in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough had a population of 11,513, reflecting an increase of 3,836 (+50.0%) from the 7,677 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 2,676 (+53.5%) from the 5,001 counted in the 1990 Census.

6. West New York

West New York, New Jersey

Population: 53,345
Population 2010: 48,401
Growth Rate: 10.21%
Absolute Growth: 4,944
More on West New York: Homes For Sale | Data
West New York is a town in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States, situated upon the New Jersey Palisades. As of the 2010 United States Census, the town’s population was 49,708, reflecting an increase of 3,940 (+8.6%) from the 45,768 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 7,643 (+20.0%) from the 38,125 counted in the 1990 Census.

7. Montvale

Montvale, New Jersey

Population: 8,440
Population 2010: 7,663
Growth Rate: 10.14%
Absolute Growth: 777
More on Montvale: Homes For Sale | Data
Montvale is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough’s population was 7,844, reflecting an increase of 810 (+11.5%) from the 7,034 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 88 (+1.3%) from the 6,946 counted in the 1990 Census.

8. Jersey City

Jersey City, New Jersey

Population: 265,932
Population 2010: 243,257
Growth Rate: 9.32%
Absolute Growth: 22,675
More on Jersey City: Homes For Sale | Data
Jersey City is the second-most-populous city in the U.S. state of New Jersey, after Newark. It is the seat of Hudson County as well as the county’s largest city. As of 2016, the Census Bureau’s Population Estimates Program calculated that Jersey City’s population was 264,152, with the largest population increase of any municipality in New Jersey since 2010, an increase of about 6.7% from the 2010 United States Census, when the city’s population was at 247,597, ranking the city the 77th-largest in the nation.

9. Rahway

Rahway, New Jersey

Population: 29,443
Population 2010: 26,968
Growth Rate: 9.18%
Absolute Growth: 2,475
More on Rahway: Homes For Sale | Data
Rahway /rwe/ is a city in southern Union County, New Jersey, United States. It is part of the New York metropolitan area, 21.6 miles (34.8 km) southwest of Manhattan and 5 miles (8.0 km) west of Staten Island. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city’s population was 27,346, reflecting an increase of 846 (+3.2%) from the 26,500 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,175 (+4.6%) from the 25,325 counted in the 1990 Census.

10. Palisades Park

Palisades Park, New Jersey

Population: 20,716
Population 2010: 19,065
Growth Rate: 8.66%
Absolute Growth: 1,651
More on Palisades Park: Homes For Sale | Data

These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in New Jersey are led by Secaucus which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.

It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We’ll be here to let you know!

For more New Jersey reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In New Jersey

Rank City Pop 2017 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
1 Secaucus 19,279 16,008 3,271 20.4%
2 Harrison 15,898 13,569 2,329 17.2%
3 Hoboken 54,117 47,384 6,733 14.2%
4 Raritan 7,758 6,814 944 13.9%
5 Edgewater 12,165 10,766 1,399 13.0%
6 West New York 53,345 48,401 4,944 10.2%
7 Montvale 8,440 7,663 777 10.1%
8 Jersey City 265,932 243,257 22,675 9.3%
9 Rahway 29,443 26,968 2,475 9.2%
10 Palisades Park 20,716 19,065 1,651 8.7%
11 Mount Arlington 5,405 4,992 413 8.3%
12 Wanaque 11,782 10,891 891 8.2%
13 Woodland Park 12,542 11,609 933 8.0%
14 Bayonne 66,719 62,027 4,692 7.6%
15 Bloomingdale 8,139 7,581 558 7.4%
16 Carteret 24,040 22,445 1,595 7.1%
17 Guttenberg 11,733 10,960 773 7.1%
18 East Rutherford 9,433 8,829 604 6.8%
19 Cliffside Park 24,861 23,365 1,496 6.4%
20 Englewood 28,509 26,828 1,681 6.3%
21 Union City 69,815 65,766 4,049 6.2%
22 Sayreville 44,744 42,279 2,465 5.8%
23 Fanwood 7,648 7,228 420 5.8%
24 New Providence 12,716 12,018 698 5.8%
25 Old Tappan 5,999 5,676 323 5.7%
26 Kearny 42,487 40,208 2,279 5.7%
27 Linden 42,230 39,967 2,263 5.7%
28 Elmwood Park 20,293 19,214 1,079 5.6%
29 Fairview 14,422 13,656 766 5.6%
30 Kenilworth 8,235 7,810 425 5.4%
31 Fort Lee 37,058 35,161 1,897 5.4%
32 Garfield 31,808 30,190 1,618 5.4%
33 New Brunswick 56,792 53,933 2,859 5.3%
34 Ramsey 15,121 14,376 745 5.2%
35 Cresskill 8,811 8,380 431 5.1%
36 Clayton 8,475 8,063 412 5.1%
37 Allendale 6,820 6,489 331 5.1%
38 Elizabeth 129,363 123,176 6,187 5.0%
39 Watchung 5,961 5,686 275 4.8%
40 Perth Amboy 52,563 50,182 2,381 4.7%
41 Closter 8,710 8,318 392 4.7%
42 Emerson 7,668 7,329 339 4.6%
43 North Haledon 8,564 8,186 378 4.6%
44 South Plainfield 24,154 23,090 1,064 4.6%
45 Hackensack 44,673 42,713 1,960 4.6%
46 Bergenfield 27,694 26,517 1,177 4.4%
47 Summit 22,155 21,217 938 4.4%
48 Mountainside 6,907 6,616 291 4.4%
49 North Caldwell 6,637 6,359 278 4.4%
50 Franklin Lakes 10,953 10,506 447 4.3%
51 Tenafly 14,882 14,276 606 4.2%
52 Somerdale 5,417 5,197 220 4.2%
53 Waldwick 9,985 9,580 405 4.2%
54 Plainfield 51,097 49,043 2,054 4.2%
55 Clifton 86,207 82,776 3,431 4.1%
56 Midland Park 7,336 7,049 287 4.1%
57 Fair Lawn 33,447 32,147 1,300 4.0%
58 Roselle Park 13,709 13,179 530 4.0%
59 River Edge 11,648 11,199 449 4.0%
60 Oakland 13,145 12,642 503 4.0%
61 North Arlington 15,877 15,271 606 4.0%
62 Hasbrouck Heights 12,205 11,742 463 3.9%
63 Ridgefield 11,369 10,939 430 3.9%
64 Roseland 5,907 5,686 221 3.9%
65 Metuchen 13,940 13,431 509 3.8%
66 Roselle 21,746 20,955 791 3.8%
67 Hillsdale 10,520 10,141 379 3.7%
68 Demarest 5,031 4,850 181 3.7%
69 Caldwell 8,032 7,745 287 3.7%
70 South Amboy 8,811 8,502 309 3.6%
71 Rutherford 18,622 17,970 652 3.6%
72 Glen Rock 11,962 11,545 417 3.6%
73 Oradell 8,222 7,936 286 3.6%
74 Butler 7,780 7,515 265 3.5%
75 Dunellen 7,392 7,143 249 3.5%
76 Lodi 24,805 23,970 835 3.5%
77 Berlin 7,612 7,357 255 3.5%
78 Carlstadt 6,268 6,060 208 3.4%
79 Westwood 11,246 10,873 373 3.4%
80 Bogota 8,437 8,158 279 3.4%
81 Leonia 9,191 8,890 301 3.4%
82 Park Ridge 8,905 8,615 290 3.4%
83 Wallington 11,701 11,328 373 3.3%
84 Englewood Cliffs 5,435 5,266 169 3.2%
85 Little Ferry 10,942 10,602 340 3.2%
86 Norwood 5,864 5,682 182 3.2%
87 Paramus 26,919 26,084 835 3.2%
88 Upper Saddle River 8,339 8,085 254 3.1%
89 New Milford 16,760 16,260 500 3.1%
90 Glassboro 19,387 18,811 576 3.1%
91 Woodcliff Lake 5,868 5,694 174 3.1%
92 Glen Ridge 7,668 7,441 227 3.1%
93 South River 16,345 15,862 483 3.0%
94 Spotswood 8,443 8,196 247 3.0%
95 Maywood 9,789 9,503 286 3.0%
96 Passaic 71,057 68,982 2,075 3.0%
97 Ridgefield Park 13,070 12,690 380 3.0%
98 Newark 282,803 274,674 8,129 3.0%
99 Ridgewood 25,554 24,827 727 2.9%
100 Dumont 17,882 17,386 496 2.9%

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