Jersey City must be doing something right. The U.S. Census Bureau has released its population growth figures for 2015, and Hudson County showed the largest percentage gain among New Jersey’s counties, adding 0.8 of a percent in population.Bergen County, the state’s most populous county, actually added the largest number of people from July 2014 to July 2015, with a gain of 5,670, to 938,506 residents, but its percentage growth of 0.6 of a percent was only good for second.
Hudson County grew by 5,334 people, to 674,836.
At the other end of the scale, Sussex County ranked last among the state’s 21 counties, losing 0.9 of a percent of its population.
The state as a whole grew 0.2 of a percent, to 8,988,013 residents as of July 1, 2015, the Census Bureau said.
By way of comparison, the nation’s fastest-growing county was McKenzie County, North Dakota, which grew 16.7 percent.
Here are the county-by-county results, in order of percentage gain/loss:
Hudson County: 674,836 residents, up 5,334 or 0.8 of a percent;
Bergen County: 938,506 residents, up 5,670 or 0.6 of a percent
Union County: 555,786 residents, up 2,737 or 0.5 of a percent;
Ocean County: 585,916 residents, up 2,805 or 0.5 of a percent;
Middlesex County: 840,900 residents, up 3,561 or 0.4 of a percent;
Essex County: 797,434 residents, up 2,472 or 0.3 of a percent;
Somerset County: 333,654 residents, up 1,020 or 0.3 of a percent;
Gloucester County: 291,479 residents, up 581 or 0.2 of a percent;
Passaic County: 510,916 residents, up 1,003 or 0.2 of a percent;
Morris County: 499,509 residents, up 273 or 0.1 of a percent;
Warren County: 106,869 residents, up 14 or break-even;
Camden County: 510,923 residents, down 44 or break-even;
Monmouth County: 628,715 residents, down 303 or break-even;
Mercer County: 371,398 residents, down 203, or 0.1 of a percent;
Burlington County: 450,226 residents, down 451 or 0.1 of a percent;
Hunterdon County: 125,488 residents, down 322 or 0.3 of a percent;
Atlantic County: 274,219 residents, down 1,280 or 0.5 of a percent;
Cape May County: 94,727 residents, down 632 or 0.7 of a percent;
Salem County: 64,180 residents, down 490 or 0.8 of a percent;
Cumberland County: 155,854 residents, down 1,245 or 0.8 of a percent;
Sussex County: 143,673 residents, down 1,331 or 0.9 of a percent.
For more information on the Census Bureau’s population data, click here.
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