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The Latest Move: New Jerseyans Return to the Cities

Colleen O’Dea, NJ Spotlight’s editor at large, discusses a shift in the state’s population on NJTV

New Jersey’s population is shifting out of the suburbs and back to the cities, in a reversal of the trend toward suburbanization that had characterized the state for several decades.

Millennials are driving the return to the Garden State’s urban centers. “These are guys who are not necessarily driving... They like to take transit and they like to walk places. They like to live in a place like a Jersey City, a Newark and some of the smaller cities, Harrison. Harrison is just exploding,” said Colleen O’Dea, NJ Spotlight’s editor at large.

O’Dea, whose deep dive into recent census data highlighted the state’s population shift, also noted that immigrants are contributing to the change. She discusses the state’s population trend with David Cruz of NJTV News in an extended interview.

Read the full story on NJTV News Online, a content partner of NJ Spotlight.

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