Fastest Growing Cities In New Jersey For 2020


We used data and science to determine the places in New Jersey everyone wants to move to today.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth 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 Wildwood and Englewood Cliffs, 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 2020 according to the most recent census data:

What's the fastest growing city in New Jersey for 2020? Based on the most recent ACS data, Secaucus ranks as the fastest growing city in New Jersey. 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.

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.

For more New Jersey state reading:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In New Jersey For 2020

Secaucus, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 19,390
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 16,008
Percent Growth 21.1%
Absolute Growth: 3,382
More on Secaucus: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Secaucus 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 from the 15,931 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,870 from the 14,061 counted in the 1990 Census.

Harrison, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 16,180
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population 2010: 13,569
Percent Growth 19.2%
Absolute Growth: 2,611
More on Harrison: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Harrison is a town in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States. It is a suburb of the nearby city of Newark, New Jersey.

Raritan, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 7,797
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 6,814
Percent Growth 14.4%
Absolute Growth: 983
More on Raritan: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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 from the 6,338 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 540 from the 5,798 counted in the 1990 Census.

Edgewater, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 12,184
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 10,766
Percent Growth 13.2%
Absolute Growth: 1,418
More on Edgewater: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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 from the 7,677 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 2,676 from the 5,001 counted in the 1990 Census.

Wood-Ridge, NJ

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 8,511
Rank Last Year: 187 (Up 182)
Population 2010: 7,572
Percent Growth 12.4%
Absolute Growth: 939
More on Wood-Ridge: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Hoboken, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 53,211
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Population 2010: 47,384
Percent Growth 12.3%
Absolute Growth: 5,827
More on Hoboken: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Hoboken 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 from 38,577 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 5,180 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.

Mount Arlington, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 5,507
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Population 2010: 4,992
Percent Growth 10.3%
Absolute Growth: 515
More on Mount Arlington: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Mount Arlington is a borough in Morris County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 5,050, reflecting an increase of 387 from the 4,663 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,033 from the 3,630 counted in the 1990 Census. It is located on the southeast shore of Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey's largest lake and a major recreational resource.

Montvale, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 8,438
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 7,663
Percent Growth 10.1%
Absolute Growth: 775
More on Montvale: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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 from the 7,034 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 88 from the 6,946 counted in the 1990 Census.

Rahway, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 29,370
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Population 2010: 26,968
Percent Growth 8.9%
Absolute Growth: 2,402
More on Rahway: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Rahway is a city in southern Union County, New Jersey, United States. It is part of the New York metropolitan area, 21.6 miles southwest of Manhattan and 5 miles west of Staten Island. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city's population was 27,346, reflecting an increase of 846 from the 26,500 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,175 from the 25,325 counted in the 1990 Census.

West New York, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 52,477
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4)
Population 2010: 48,401
Percent Growth 8.4%
Absolute Growth: 4,076
More on West New York: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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 from the 45,768 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 7,643 from the 38,125 counted in the 1990 Census.

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Garden State for 2020

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

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (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:

[Current Population - 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 Graph For 2020

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These Places Grew Up So Fast In New Jersey, 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!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. Union Beach
  2. Brigantine
  3. Margate City

For more New Jersey reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In New Jersey For 2020

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Secaucus 21.1% 19,390 16,008
2 Harrison 19.2% 16,180 13,569
3 Raritan 14.4% 7,797 6,814
4 Edgewater 13.2% 12,184 10,766
5 Wood-Ridge 12.4% 8,511 7,572
6 Hoboken 12.3% 53,211 47,384
7 Mount Arlington 10.3% 5,507 4,992
8 Montvale 10.1% 8,438 7,663
9 Rahway 8.9% 29,370 26,968
10 West New York 8.4% 52,477 48,401

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