Interactive Map: New Jersey's Hispanic Communities
The release of more details from the U.S. Census helps put NJ's Hispanic population into sharper focus.
Hispanic population 2010:Less than 5.0% 5.0% to 10.0% 10.1% to 20.0% 20.1% to 49.9% 50% and above
The map shows the percentage of the total population in each municipality that was Hispanic in 2010.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Mapping New Jersey's Hispanic Communities
Despite its relatively small size, New Jersey is home to 8.8 million people, as counted by the 2010 U.S. Census.
Nearly 18 percent of those residents are Hispanic, making this group the largest minority in the state. They are also the fastest-growing racial or ethnic group.
The growth in the state’s Hispanic population has challenged government at all levels, particularly when the residents are relative newcomers with poor English language skills. Some school districts have boosted their English as a Second Language programs. There has also been an increased need for translators to help those seeking services. And many governmental forms are now bilingual.
Recently, the U.S. Census Bureau released additional details from the decennial count. The new data includes age sex, family, and household statistics for all the racial and ethnic groups and for subgroups.
The map includes information on the Hispanic population by municipality.
Thirteen communities are officially Hispanic majority -- meaning more than half of the residents are Hispanic. The largest Hispanic majority is in Union City in Hudson County, where nearly 85 percent of the population was Hispanic.
On the other hand, a third of New Jersey communities have Hispanic populations of fewer than 5 percent.
Click on a municipality to see its 2010 population count, Hispanic population, and the median age of Hispanics. There are also breakdowns for the five most common Hispanic ancestry groups in the state: Puerto Rican, Mexican, Cuban, Colombian, and Dominican.