These Are The 10 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 Mendham and Salem, 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:

  1. Edgewater
  2. Secaucus
  3. Hoboken
  4. Wood-Ridge
  5. Raritan
  6. West New York
  7. Harrison
  8. Carteret
  9. East Rutherford
  10. Palisades Park

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

If you’re not–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.

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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 over the last five years, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Population in 2014
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2014 (The latest available data)

We ranked all 190 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 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

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1. Edgewater

Edgewater, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,969
Population 2010: 10,766
Growth Rate: 11.17%
Absolute Growth: 1,203

2. Secaucus

Secaucus, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,614
Population 2010: 16,008
Growth Rate: 10.03%
Absolute Growth: 1,606

3. Hoboken

Hoboken, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 51,979
Population 2010: 47,384
Growth Rate: 9.7%
Absolute Growth: 4,595

4. Wood-Ridge

Wood-Ridge, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,249
Population 2010: 7,572
Growth Rate: 8.94%
Absolute Growth: 677

5. Raritan

Raritan, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,318
Population 2010: 6,814
Growth Rate: 7.4%
Absolute Growth: 504

6. West New York

West New York, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 51,511
Population 2010: 48,401
Growth Rate: 6.43%
Absolute Growth: 3,110

7. Harrison

Harrison, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,436
Population 2010: 13,569
Growth Rate: 6.39%
Absolute Growth: 867

8. Carteret

Carteret, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,770
Population 2010: 22,445
Growth Rate: 5.9%
Absolute Growth: 1,325

9. East Rutherford

East Rutherford, New Jersey

Source: Flickr

Population: 9,298
Population 2010: 8,829
Growth Rate: 5.31%
Absolute Growth: 469

10. Palisades Park

Palisades Park, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,066
Population 2010: 19,065
Growth Rate: 5.25%
Absolute Growth: 1,001

Adding It Up

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in New Jersey are led by Edgewater which has been growing a blistering pace these past five years relative to other places around the state.

It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same pace over the next five years. We’ll be here to let you know!
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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In New Jersey

City Rank Pop 2014 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Edgewater 1 11,969 10,766 1,203 11.2%
Secaucus 2 17,614 16,008 1,606 10.0%
Hoboken 3 51,979 47,384 4,595 9.7%
Wood-Ridge 4 8,249 7,572 677 8.9%
Raritan 5 7,318 6,814 504 7.4%
West New York 6 51,511 48,401 3,110 6.4%
Harrison 7 14,436 13,569 867 6.4%
Carteret 8 23,770 22,445 1,325 5.9%
East Rutherford 9 9,298 8,829 469 5.3%
Palisades Park 10 20,066 19,065 1,001 5.3%
Jersey City 11 255,861 243,257 12,604 5.2%
Cliffside Park 12 24,532 23,365 1,167 5.0%
Woodland Park 13 12,129 11,609 520 4.5%
Bayonne 14 64,763 62,027 2,736 4.4%
Montvale 15 8,000 7,663 337 4.4%
Guttenberg 16 11,397 10,960 437 4.0%
Sayreville 17 43,962 42,279 1,683 4.0%
Rahway 18 27,994 26,968 1,026 3.8%
Elmwood Park 19 19,921 19,214 707 3.7%
North Haledon 20 8,478 8,186 292 3.6%
New Brunswick 21 55,804 53,933 1,871 3.5%
Cresskill 22 8,669 8,380 289 3.4%
Fairview 23 14,126 13,656 470 3.4%
Fanwood 24 7,475 7,228 247 3.4%
West Long Branch 25 8,391 8,115 276 3.4%
Union City 26 68,001 65,766 2,235 3.4%
Kearny 27 41,538 40,208 1,330 3.3%
Wanaque 28 11,243 10,891 352 3.2%
Berlin 29 7,587 7,357 230 3.1%
Perth Amboy 30 51,727 50,182 1,545 3.1%
Elizabeth 31 126,964 123,176 3,788 3.1%
Kenilworth 32 8,045 7,810 235 3.0%
Bloomingdale 33 7,808 7,581 227 3.0%
Watchung 34 5,855 5,686 169 3.0%
Mount Arlington 35 5,140 4,992 148 3.0%
South Amboy 36 8,749 8,502 247 2.9%
Summit 37 21,826 21,217 609 2.9%
Clifton 38 85,138 82,776 2,362 2.9%
Emerson 39 7,538 7,329 209 2.9%
Florham Park 40 11,820 11,494 326 2.8%
Plainfield 41 50,423 49,043 1,380 2.8%
Old Tappan 42 5,835 5,676 159 2.8%
Hackensack 43 43,903 42,713 1,190 2.8%
Tenafly 44 14,672 14,276 396 2.8%
Allendale 45 6,666 6,489 177 2.7%
Linden 46 41,054 39,967 1,087 2.7%
Upper Saddle River 47 8,304 8,085 219 2.7%
Garfield 48 30,996 30,190 806 2.7%
Totowa 49 10,872 10,594 278 2.6%
Roseland 50 5,835 5,686 149 2.6%
South Plainfield 51 23,686 23,090 596 2.6%
Midland Park 52 7,229 7,049 180 2.6%
River Edge 53 11,483 11,199 284 2.5%
Fair Lawn 54 32,962 32,147 815 2.5%
Fort Lee 55 36,048 35,161 887 2.5%
New Providence 56 12,314 12,018 296 2.5%
Dunellen 57 7,317 7,143 174 2.4%
Passaic 58 70,651 68,982 1,669 2.4%
Closter 59 8,519 8,318 201 2.4%
Bergenfield 60 27,157 26,517 640 2.4%
Waldwick 61 9,808 9,580 228 2.4%
Hillsdale 62 10,381 10,141 240 2.4%
Westfield 63 30,647 29,950 697 2.3%
Ridgefield 64 11,191 10,939 252 2.3%
Tinton Falls 65 17,933 17,532 401 2.3%
Englewood 66 27,435 26,828 607 2.3%
Mountainside 67 6,765 6,616 149 2.3%
Glen Ridge 68 7,606 7,441 165 2.2%
Roselle Park 69 13,465 13,179 286 2.2%
Oakland 70 12,914 12,642 272 2.2%
Carlstadt 71 6,189 6,060 129 2.1%
Hasbrouck Heights 72 11,989 11,742 247 2.1%
Franklin Lakes 73 10,726 10,506 220 2.1%
Glen Rock 74 11,784 11,545 239 2.1%
North Arlington 75 15,587 15,271 316 2.1%
Metuchen 76 13,707 13,431 276 2.1%
Paramus 77 26,612 26,084 528 2.0%
Clayton 78 8,225 8,063 162 2.0%
Bound Brook 79 10,607 10,399 208 2.0%
Hawthorne 80 18,944 18,574 370 2.0%
Spotswood 81 8,359 8,196 163 2.0%
South River 82 16,177 15,862 315 2.0%
Lodi 83 24,428 23,970 458 1.9%
Ramsey 84 14,650 14,376 274 1.9%
Roselle 85 21,348 20,955 393 1.9%
Haledon 86 8,397 8,245 152 1.8%
Dumont 87 17,706 17,386 320 1.8%
Rutherford 88 18,297 17,970 327 1.8%
Oradell 89 8,080 7,936 144 1.8%
Leonia 90 9,051 8,890 161 1.8%
Vineland 91 60,985 59,908 1,077 1.8%
Pompton Lakes 92 11,162 10,966 196 1.8%
Ridgewood 93 25,270 24,827 443 1.8%
Park Ridge 94 8,763 8,615 148 1.7%
Kinnelon 95 10,349 10,176 173 1.7%
Westwood 96 11,056 10,873 183 1.7%
Highland Park 97 14,224 13,990 234 1.7%
Millville 98 28,603 28,134 469 1.7%
New Milford 99 16,524 16,260 264 1.6%
Little Ferry 100 10,773 10,602 171 1.6%
Butler 101 7,636 7,515 121 1.6%
Woodcliff Lake 102 5,785 5,694 91 1.6%
Maywood 103 9,651 9,503 148 1.6%
Caldwell 104 7,864 7,745 119 1.5%
Norwood 105 5,769 5,682 87 1.5%
Englewood Cliffs 106 5,346 5,266 80 1.5%
Hight 107 5,557 5,475 82 1.5%
Bernardsville 108 7,766 7,652 114 1.5%
Newark 109 278,750 274,674 4,076 1.5%
Bogota 110 8,277 8,158 119 1.5%
Ridgefield Park 111 12,875 12,690 185 1.5%
Prospect Park 112 5,915 5,833 82 1.4%
Wallington 113 11,487 11,328 159 1.4%
Wharton 114 6,586 6,496 90 1.4%
Morris Plains 115 5,635 5,558 77 1.4%
Jamesburg 116 5,963 5,882 81 1.4%
Ringwood 117 12,320 12,164 156 1.3%
Madison 118 16,043 15,846 197 1.2%
Chatham 119 9,000 8,892 108 1.2%
Mil 120 6,974 6,895 79 1.1%
Pleasantville 121 20,436 20,210 226 1.1%
Beachwood 122 11,127 11,014 113 1.0%
Red Bank 123 12,250 12,131 119 1.0%
Hammonton 124 14,796 14,655 141 1.0%
Somerdale 125 5,246 5,197 49 0.9%
Freehold 126 12,018 11,910 108 0.9%
Bridgeton 127 25,252 25,042 210 0.8%
Middlesex 128 13,766 13,652 114 0.8%
North Caldwell 129 6,407 6,359 48 0.8%
Morri 130 18,580 18,457 123 0.7%
Northfield 131 8,616 8,559 57 0.7%
Manville 132 10,426 10,364 62 0.6%
North Plainfield 133 22,056 21,932 124 0.6%
Absecon 134 8,400 8,357 43 0.5%
Dover 135 18,298 18,222 76 0.4%
Paterson 136 146,341 145,836 505 0.3%
Rockaway 137 6,480 6,458 22 0.3%
Pine Hill 138 10,383 10,354 29 0.3%
Boonton 139 8,424 8,405 19 0.2%
Glassboro 140 18,798 18,811 -13 -0.1%
Fair Haven 141 6,093 6,099 -6 -0.1%
Somerville 142 12,175 12,188 -13 -0.1%
Oceanport 143 5,834 5,842 -8 -0.1%
Mendham 144 5,008 5,022 -14 -0.3%
Matawan 145 8,759 8,786 -27 -0.3%
Lindenwold 146 17,512 17,601 -89 -0.5%
Palmyra 147 7,372 7,416 -44 -0.6%
East Orange 148 64,538 64,927 -389 -0.6%
Runnemede 149 8,435 8,487 -52 -0.6%
Bellmawr 150 11,538 11,612 -74 -0.6%
Collingswood 151 13,929 14,024 -95 -0.7%
Penns Grove 152 5,082 5,118 -36 -0.7%
Hackett 153 9,633 9,704 -71 -0.7%
Haddonfield 154 11,521 11,608 -87 -0.7%
Gloucester City 155 11,392 11,479 -87 -0.8%
Trenton 156 84,459 85,181 -722 -0.8%
Long Branch 157 30,590 30,855 -265 -0.9%
Burlington 158 9,865 9,953 -88 -0.9%
Camden 159 77,294 78,047 -753 -1.0%
Haddon Heights 160 7,425 7,500 -75 -1.0%
Lincoln Park 161 10,515 10,630 -115 -1.1%
Little Silver 162 5,920 5,987 -67 -1.1%
Point Pleasant 163 18,481 18,704 -223 -1.2%
Wildwood 164 5,255 5,321 -66 -1.2%
Stratford 165 6,997 7,088 -91 -1.3%
Rumson 166 7,045 7,140 -95 -1.3%
Keyport 167 7,213 7,312 -99 -1.4%
Atlantic City 168 39,521 40,081 -560 -1.4%
Belmar 169 5,760 5,844 -84 -1.4%
Linwood 170 7,071 7,176 -105 -1.5%
Newton 171 7,999 8,121 -122 -1.5%
Audubon 172 8,763 8,900 -137 -1.5%
Barrington 173 6,904 7,021 -117 -1.7%
Woodbury 174 10,098 10,280 -182 -1.8%
Paulsboro 175 6,041 6,169 -128 -2.1%
Asbury Park 176 15,933 16,275 -342 -2.1%
Keansburg 177 10,011 10,227 -216 -2.1%
Pitman 178 8,959 9,154 -195 -2.1%
Manasquan 179 5,841 5,975 -134 -2.2%
Washington 180 6,439 6,591 -152 -2.3%
Somers Point 181 10,783 11,038 -255 -2.3%
Phillipsburg 182 14,717 15,197 -480 -3.2%
Hopatcong 183 14,921 15,440 -519 -3.4%
Union Beach 184 6,040 6,324 -284 -4.5%
Salem 185 5,045 5,289 -244 -4.6%
Ventnor City 186 10,632 11,151 -519 -4.7%
Eato 187 12,323 12,939 -616 -4.8%
Margate City 188 6,343 6,763 -420 -6.2%
Ocean City 189 11,520 12,289 -769 -6.3%
Brigantine 190 9,420 10,115 -695 -6.9%

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