These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In New Jersey For 2018


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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 Mendham, 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 2018 according to the most recent census data:

  1. Secaucus (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Hoboken (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Edgewater (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Raritan (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Harrison (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. Palisades Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Rahway (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 2016
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2016 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2017)

We ranked all 189 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 2016 – 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: 18,737
Population 2010: 16,008
Growth Rate: 17.05%
Absolute Growth: 2,729
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. Hoboken

Hoboken, New Jersey

Population: 53,136
Population 2010: 47,384
Growth Rate: 12.14%
Absolute Growth: 5,752
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.

3. Edgewater

Edgewater, New Jersey

Population: 11,998
Population 2010: 10,766
Growth Rate: 11.44%
Absolute Growth: 1,232
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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.

4. Raritan

Raritan, New Jersey

Population: 7,539
Population 2010: 6,814
Growth Rate: 10.64%
Absolute Growth: 725
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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. Harrison

Harrison, New Jersey

Population: 15,007
Population 2010: 13,569
Growth Rate: 10.6%
Absolute Growth: 1,438
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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.

6. West New York

West New York, New Jersey

Population: 52,407
Population 2010: 48,401
Growth Rate: 8.28%
Absolute Growth: 4,006
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: 8,285
Population 2010: 7,663
Growth Rate: 8.12%
Absolute Growth: 622
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: 261,666
Population 2010: 243,257
Growth Rate: 7.57%
Absolute Growth: 18,409
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. Palisades Park

Palisades Park, New Jersey

Population: 20,499
Population 2010: 19,065
Growth Rate: 7.52%
Absolute Growth: 1,434
More on Palisades Park: Homes For Sale | Data

10. Rahway

Rahway, New Jersey

Population: 28,884
Population 2010: 26,968
Growth Rate: 7.1%
Absolute Growth: 1,916
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.

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 2016 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
1 Secaucus 18,737 16,008 2,729 17.0%
2 Hoboken 53,136 47,384 5,752 12.1%
3 Edgewater 11,998 10,766 1,232 11.4%
4 Raritan 7,539 6,814 725 10.6%
5 Harrison 15,007 13,569 1,438 10.6%
6 West New York 52,407 48,401 4,006 8.3%
7 Montvale 8,285 7,663 622 8.1%
8 Jersey City 261,666 243,257 18,409 7.6%
9 Palisades Park 20,499 19,065 1,434 7.5%
10 Rahway 28,884 26,968 1,916 7.1%
11 Wood-Ridge 8,109 7,572 537 7.1%
12 Wanaque 11,636 10,891 745 6.8%
13 Carteret 23,966 22,445 1,521 6.8%
14 Woodland Park 12,358 11,609 749 6.5%
15 Guttenberg 11,628 10,960 668 6.1%
16 Bayonne 65,772 62,027 3,745 6.0%
17 Cliffside Park 24,661 23,365 1,296 5.5%
18 Bloomingdale 7,995 7,581 414 5.5%
19 Mount Arlington 5,251 4,992 259 5.2%
20 Englewood 28,184 26,828 1,356 5.1%
21 Union City 68,965 65,766 3,199 4.9%
22 Fairview 14,314 13,656 658 4.8%
23 Elmwood Park 20,135 19,214 921 4.8%
24 Old Tappan 5,942 5,676 266 4.7%
25 Sayreville 44,260 42,279 1,981 4.7%
26 New Brunswick 56,427 53,933 2,494 4.6%
27 East Rutherford 9,236 8,829 407 4.6%
28 Watchung 5,944 5,686 258 4.5%
29 Kearny 42,029 40,208 1,821 4.5%
30 Cresskill 8,745 8,380 365 4.4%
31 Ramsey 15,000 14,376 624 4.3%
32 Allendale 6,767 6,489 278 4.3%
33 Garfield 31,456 30,190 1,266 4.2%
34 Fanwood 7,530 7,228 302 4.2%
35 Perth Amboy 52,265 50,182 2,083 4.2%
36 Fort Lee 36,607 35,161 1,446 4.1%
37 Kenilworth 8,129 7,810 319 4.1%
38 Linden 41,595 39,967 1,628 4.1%
39 Clayton 8,386 8,063 323 4.0%
40 Closter 8,650 8,318 332 4.0%
41 Emerson 7,621 7,329 292 4.0%
42 Elizabeth 128,042 123,176 4,866 4.0%
43 Tenafly 14,821 14,276 545 3.8%
44 South Plainfield 23,963 23,090 873 3.8%
45 Bergenfield 27,513 26,517 996 3.8%
46 North Haledon 8,490 8,186 304 3.7%
47 Hackensack 44,271 42,713 1,558 3.6%
48 Berlin 7,620 7,357 263 3.6%
49 Waldwick 9,922 9,580 342 3.6%
50 New Providence 12,434 12,018 416 3.5%
51 River Edge 11,586 11,199 387 3.5%
52 Butler 7,773 7,515 258 3.4%
53 North Arlington 15,788 15,271 517 3.4%
54 Clifton 85,578 82,776 2,802 3.4%
55 Roseland 5,875 5,686 189 3.3%
56 Midland Park 7,283 7,049 234 3.3%
57 Mountainside 6,835 6,616 219 3.3%
58 Fair Lawn 33,205 32,147 1,058 3.3%
59 Hasbrouck Heights 12,124 11,742 382 3.3%
60 Ridgefield 11,294 10,939 355 3.2%
61 Demarest 5,007 4,850 157 3.2%
62 Summit 21,895 21,217 678 3.2%
63 Somerdale 5,362 5,197 165 3.2%
64 Oakland 13,041 12,642 399 3.2%
65 Plainfield 50,578 49,043 1,535 3.1%
66 Hillsdale 10,454 10,141 313 3.1%
67 South Amboy 8,762 8,502 260 3.1%
68 Dunellen 7,355 7,143 212 3.0%
69 Glen Rock 11,887 11,545 342 3.0%
70 Carlstadt 6,238 6,060 178 2.9%
71 Franklin Lakes 10,810 10,506 304 2.9%
72 Roselle Park 13,560 13,179 381 2.9%
73 Totowa 10,900 10,594 306 2.9%
74 Caldwell 7,967 7,745 222 2.9%
75 Lodi 24,654 23,970 684 2.9%
76 Rutherford 18,480 17,970 510 2.8%
77 Oradell 8,160 7,936 224 2.8%
78 South River 16,305 15,862 443 2.8%
79 Leonia 9,137 8,890 247 2.8%
80 Park Ridge 8,854 8,615 239 2.8%
81 Westwood 11,170 10,873 297 2.7%
82 Paramus 26,795 26,084 711 2.7%
83 Spotswood 8,418 8,196 222 2.7%
84 Metuchen 13,791 13,431 360 2.7%
85 Upper Saddle River 8,301 8,085 216 2.7%
86 Englewood Cliffs 5,405 5,266 139 2.6%
87 Woodcliff Lake 5,844 5,694 150 2.6%
88 Roselle 21,507 20,955 552 2.6%
89 New Milford 16,682 16,260 422 2.6%
90 Norwood 5,828 5,682 146 2.6%
91 Wallington 11,618 11,328 290 2.6%
92 Florham Park 11,787 11,494 293 2.5%
93 North Caldwell 6,519 6,359 160 2.5%
94 Little Ferry 10,868 10,602 266 2.5%
95 Ridgewood 25,430 24,827 603 2.4%
96 Maywood 9,726 9,503 223 2.3%
97 Glen Ridge 7,615 7,441 174 2.3%
98 Bogota 8,348 8,158 190 2.3%
99 Dumont 17,788 17,386 402 2.3%
100 Ridgefield Park 12,976 12,690 286 2.3%

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