These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In New Jersey For 2019


We used data and science to determine the most diverse cities in New Jersey.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our third time ranking the most diverse places in New Jersey.


Most Diverse Cities In New Jersey

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Race relations in America seem to be hitting a tipping point.

While we still haven’t dealt with racism as a society, the election of Donald Trump to the presidency has only flamed the tensions that have been mounting for years.

Part of the reason for that tension? The country as a whole continues to self segregate across race, income, and party lines. But it’s not all bad on the race relations front.

There are parts of New Jersey where there’s a high level of diversity — where people of all walks of life come together. We decided to shine a light on those places today.

Using a standard measure of diversity, we ranked all 189 cities in New Jersey from most to least diverse.

So what city is the most diverse in New Jersey? According to the most Census data, Jersey City took the number one over all spot for diversity in New Jersey.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where New Jersey ranked as a state, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in Ameria.

And if you already knew these places were diverse, check out:

How we determined the most diverse cities in New Jersey for 2019

We still believe in the accuracy of data — especially from the census. So that’s where we went to get the breakdown of race across New Jersey.

That lead us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2013-2017 American Community Survey data from the US Census.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002: HISPANIC OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:

  • White alone*
  • Black or African American alone*
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
  • Asian alone*
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
  • Some other race alone*
  • Two or more races*
  • Hispanic or Latino
* Not hispanic or latino

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 189 cities.

We then calculated the HHI for each city by finding the racial breakdown of a city in percent terms, squaring them, and then adding the squares together. This left us with scores ranging from 2,397 (Jersey City) to 8,896 (Little Silver).

Finally, we ranked each city based on the HHI with a lower score being more diverse than a high score. Jersey City took the distinction of being the most diverse, while Little Silver was the least diverse city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in New Jersey ranked for diversity or, for a more general take on diversity in america, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

The 10 Most Diverse Places In New Jersey For 2019

Jersey City, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 265,932

HHI: 2,397
% White: 20.9%
% African American: 22.1%
% Asian: 25.3%
More on Jersey City: PhotosData

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.

Englewood, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 28,509

HHI: 2,589
% White: 31.3%
% African American: 29.3%
% Asian: 12.3%
More on Englewood: PhotosData

Englewood is a city located in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city had a total population of 27,147, reflecting an increase of 944 from the 26,203 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,353 from the 24,850 counted in the 1990 Census.

Atlantic City, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 39,075

HHI: 2,601
% White: 15.5%
% African American: 34.1%
% Asian: 18.2%
More on Atlantic City: PhotosData

Atlantic City is a resort city in Atlantic County, New Jersey, United States, known for its casinos, boardwalks, and beaches. In 2010, it had a population of 39,558. The city was incorporated on May 1, 1854, from portions of Egg Harbor Township and Galloway Township. It borders Absecon, Brigantine, Pleasantville, Ventnor City, West Atlantic City, and the Atlantic Ocean.

Carteret, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 24,040

HHI: 2,666
% White: 28.0%
% African American: 13.5%
% Asian: 22.8%
More on Carteret: PhotosData

Hackensack, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 44,673

HHI: 2,795
% White: 26.7%
% African American: 22.7%
% Asian: 10.4%
More on Hackensack: PhotosData

Hackensack is a city in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States, and serves as its county seat. The area was officially named New Barbadoes Township until 1921, but it was informally known as Hackensack. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city’s population was 43,010, reflecting an increase of 333 from the 42,677 counted in the 2000 Census, which had, in turn, increased by 5,628 from the 37,049 counted in the 1990 Census.

Bergenfield, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 27,694

HHI: 2,935
% White: 37.5%
% African American: 7.2%
% Asian: 28.0%
More on Bergenfield: PhotosData

Rahway, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 29,443

HHI: 2,945
% White: 33.4%
% African American: 27.4%
% Asian: 3.6%
More on Rahway: PhotosData

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.

Linden, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 42,230

HHI: 2,949
% White: 34.4%
% African American: 28.9%
% Asian: 3.9%
More on Linden: PhotosData

Lindenwold, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 17,481

HHI: 3,020
% White: 35.0%
% African American: 32.0%
% Asian: 1.5%
More on Lindenwold: PhotosData

Lindenwold is a borough in Camden County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough’s population was 17,613, reflecting an increase of 199 from the 17,414 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 1,320 from the 18,734 counted in the 1990 Census.

Ridgefield, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 11,369

HHI: 3,122
% White: 37.7%
% African American: 1.1%
% Asian: 29.6%
More on Ridgefield: PhotosData

Ridgefield is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough’s population was 11,032, reflecting an increase of 202 from the 10,830 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 834 from the 9,996 counted in the 1990 Census.

There You Have It – Diversity Across New Jersey

If you’re looking for a scientific breakdown of diversity across New Jersey, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least diverse places in New Jersey:

  1. Little Silver
  2. Point Pleasant
  3. Haddon Heights

For more New Jersey reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In New Jersey For 2019

Rank City Population HHI
1 Jersey City, NJ 265,932 2,397
2 Englewood, NJ 28,509 2,589
3 Atlantic City, NJ 39,075 2,601
4 Carteret, NJ 24,040 2,666
5 Hackensack, NJ 44,673 2,795
6 Bergenfield, NJ 27,694 2,935
7 Rahway, NJ 29,443 2,945
8 Linden, NJ 42,230 2,949
9 Lindenwold, NJ 17,481 3,020
10 Ridgefield, NJ 11,369 3,122
11 Little Ferry, NJ 10,942 3,233
12 North Plainfield, NJ 22,092 3,268
13 Roselle Park, NJ 13,709 3,287
14 Harrison, NJ 15,898 3,326
15 Asbury Park, NJ 15,830 3,345
16 Leonia, NJ 9,191 3,345
17 Burlington, NJ 9,835 3,442
18 Cliffside Park, NJ 24,861 3,448
19 Bayonne, NJ 66,719 3,458
20 Edgewater, NJ 12,165 3,485
21 Secaucus, NJ 19,279 3,523
22 Ridgefield Park, NJ 13,070 3,526
23 Bogota, NJ 8,437 3,535
24 South Plainfield, NJ 24,154 3,553
25 Lodi, NJ 24,805 3,554
26 Plainfield, NJ 51,097 3,555
27 Pleasantville, NJ 20,568 3,560
28 Clifton, NJ 86,207 3,583
29 New Brunswick, NJ 56,792 3,584
30 Fort Lee, NJ 37,058 3,611
31 Roselle, NJ 21,746 3,617
32 Haledon, NJ 8,440 3,650
33 Vineland, NJ 60,824 3,661
34 Morristown, NJ 18,833 3,686
35 Long Branch, NJ 30,751 3,687
36 Somerville, NJ 12,234 3,774
37 Newark, NJ 282,803 3,780
38 Bridgeton, NJ 24,948 3,782
39 East Rutherford, NJ 9,433 3,797
40 Trenton, NJ 84,867 3,824
41 Dunellen, NJ 7,392 3,840
42 Freehold, NJ 11,938 3,859
43 Elmwood Park, NJ 20,293 3,889
44 Maywood, NJ 9,789 3,897
45 Sayreville, NJ 44,744 3,936
46 Wharton, NJ 6,591 3,948
47 Kearny, NJ 42,487 3,958
48 Red Bank, NJ 12,220 3,970
49 Hight, NJ 5,527 3,979
50 Woodbury, NJ 9,980 3,985
51 Prospect Park, NJ 5,955 3,988
52 Highland Park, NJ 14,250 4,007
53 Palisades Park, NJ 20,716 4,011
54 Somerdale, NJ 5,417 4,038
55 Camden, NJ 75,550 4,077
56 Middlesex, NJ 13,875 4,134
57 Tenafly, NJ 14,882 4,186
58 New Milford, NJ 16,760 4,204
59 Rutherford, NJ 18,622 4,212
60 Englewood Cliffs, NJ 5,435 4,238
61 Paramus, NJ 26,919 4,276
62 Woodland Park, NJ 12,542 4,332
63 Raritan, NJ 7,758 4,343
64 Millville, NJ 28,235 4,354
65 Closter, NJ 8,710 4,356
66 Demarest, NJ 5,031 4,366
67 Dumont, NJ 17,882 4,375
68 Pine Hill, NJ 10,517 4,404
69 Paterson, NJ 147,890 4,437
70 Bound Brook, NJ 10,510 4,441
71 Garfield, NJ 31,808 4,489
72 River Edge, NJ 11,648 4,514
73 North Arlington, NJ 15,877 4,520
74 South River, NJ 16,345 4,532
75 Norwood, NJ 5,864 4,559
76 Fairview, NJ 14,422 4,559
77 Elizabeth, NJ 129,363 4,584
78 Eato, NJ 12,258 4,595
79 Ventnor City, NJ 10,429 4,597
80 Glassboro, NJ 19,387 4,700
81 Carlstadt, NJ 6,268 4,782
82 Kenilworth, NJ 8,235 4,798
83 Cresskill, NJ 8,811 4,832
84 Westwood, NJ 11,246 4,861
85 Princeton, NJ 30,722 4,898
86 Wildwood, NJ 5,136 4,906
87 Guttenberg, NJ 11,733 4,925
88 Jamesburg, NJ 6,038 5,006
89 Somers Point, NJ 10,644 5,014
90 Wood-Ridge, NJ 8,350 5,043
91 Palmyra, NJ 7,296 5,101
92 Keyport, NJ 7,138 5,139
93 Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 12,205 5,214
94 Montvale, NJ 8,440 5,241
95 Rockaway, NJ 6,473 5,270
96 Watchung, NJ 5,961 5,283
97 Dover, NJ 18,307 5,302
98 Metuchen, NJ 13,940 5,322
99 Old Tappan, NJ 5,999 5,333
100 Hoboken, NJ 54,117 5,333

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