The Hispanic community is one of the fastest growing communities in America this decade.
According to the most recent American Community Survey, there are now some 6.3M more Hispanics living in America than in 2010.
That’s the largest absolute growth and a 14.9% increase. The percentage growth is the third largest percentage change for any race according to the Census’s race and ethnicity definition.
But how has the increase impacted New Jersey? Where cities and towns in New Jersey have seen the greatest increase in it’s Hispanic population?
Turns out there’s been a 17.1% increase in the Hispanic population in New Jersey.
We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in New Jersey with the largest Hispanic population in 2018:
- Union City (Photos)
- Perth Amboy (Photos)
- West New York (Photos)
- Passaic (Photos)
- Dover (Photos)
- Guttenberg (Photos)
- Elizabeth (Photos)
- Paterson (Photos)
- New Brunswick (Photos)
Union City took the number one over all spot for the largest Hispanic population in New Jersey for 2018.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
To see where New Jersey ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.
How We Determined The Cities In New Jersey With The Largest Hispanic Population For 2018
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 2012-2016 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:
- Hispanic or Latino
- 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*
Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as Hispanic or Latino.
We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 187 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are Hispanic. The percentages ranked from 81.8% to 1.1%.
Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Hispanic population with a higher score being more Hispanic than a lower score. Union City took the distinction of being the most Hispanic, while Woodcliff Lake was the least Hispanic city.
Read on for more information on how the cities in New Jersey ranked by population of Hispanic residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.
1. Union City
Union City is a city in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States. According to the 2010 United States Census the city had a total population of 66,455, reflecting a decline of 633 from the 67,088 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 9,076 from the 58,012 counted in the 1990 Census. As of the 2010 Census it was the most densely populated city in the United States,a with a density of 51,810.1 per square mile.
2. Perth Amboy
Perth Amboy is a city in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States. The City of Perth Amboy is part of the New York metropolitan area. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city’s population was 50,814, reflecting an increase of 3,511 from the 47,303 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 5,336 from the 41,967 counted in the 1990 Census. Perth Amboy is known as the ‘City by the Bay,’ referring to Raritan Bay.
3. West New York
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.
Passaic is a city in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city had a total population of 69,781, maintaining its status as the 15th largest municipality in New Jersey with an increase of 1,920 residents from the 2000 Census population of 67,861, which had in turn increased by 9,820 from the 58,041 counted in the 1990 Census. Passaic is the tenth most densely populated municipality in the entire United States with 22,000+ people per square mile.
Dover is a town in Morris County, New Jersey, United States. Located on the Rockaway River, Dover is about 31 miles west of New York City and about 23 miles west of Newark, New Jersey. As of the 2010 United States Census, the town’s population was 18,157, reflecting a decline of 31 from the 18,188 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 3,073 from the 15,115 counted in the 1990 Census. Dover has become a majority minority community, with nearly 70% of the population as of the 2010 Census identifying themselves as Hispanic, up from 25% in 1980.
Guttenberg is a town in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the town’s population was 11,176. Only four blocks wide, Guttenberg is the ninth-smallest municipality in the state and the most densely populated incorporated municipality in the United States, as well as one of the most densely populated municipalities worldwide, with 57,116 people per square mile of land area.
Elizabeth is both the largest city and the county seat of Union County, in New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city had a total population of 124,969, retaining its ranking as New Jersey’s fourth largest city. The population increased by 4,401 from the 120,568 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 10,566 from the 110,002 counted in the 1990 Census. For 2015, the Census Bureau’s Population Estimates Program calculated a population of 129,007, an increase of 3.2% from the 2010 enumeration, ranking the city the 210th largest in the nation.
Paterson is the largest city in and the county seat of Passaic County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, its population was 146,199, rendering it New Jersey’s third-most-populous city. Paterson has the second-highest density of any U.S. city with over 100,000 people, behind only New York City. For 2015, the Census Bureau’s Population Estimates Program calculated a population of 147,754, an increase of 1.1% from the 2010 enumeration, ranking the city the 177th-largest in the nation.
10. New Brunswick
New Brunswick is a city in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States. It is the county seat of Middlesex County, and the home of Rutgers University. The city is on the Northeast Corridor rail line, 27 miles southwest of Manhattan, on the southern bank of the Raritan River. At the 2010 United States Census, the population of New Brunswick was 55,181, reflecting an increase of 6,608 from the 48,573 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 6,862 from the 41,711 counted in the 1990 Census. Due to the concentration of medical facilities in the area, including Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Saint Peter’s University Hospital, as well as Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey’s Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick is known as ‘the Hub City.’ The corporate headquarters and production facilities of several global pharmaceutical companies are situated in the city, including Johnson & Johnson and Bristol-Myers Squibb.
There You Have It – Hispanic Populations Across New Jersey
If you’re looking for a breakdown of Hispanic populations across New Jersey according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the least Hispanic places in New Jersey:
- Woodcliff Lake
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