The percentage of people moving into municipalities, 2005-2009. Click on a town to see more details about where newcomers moved from. For data on people moving out, click here.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
About 1 in 10 New Jerseyans moves every year, though some communities have much higher or lower mobility rates.
Recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau averaged over a five-year period from 2005 through 2009 gives for the first time a picture of the annual moving patterns for municipalities.
The patterns do not easily lend themselves to interpretation.
For instance, while most of the communities with the lowest percentage of people moving in — less than 3 percent of the total population — were in South Jersey, a few were in the north. Several, including Mantoloking and Colts Neck, are considered wealthy, while others have average household incomes.
About 80 percent of those who moved into New Jersey communities came from elsewhere in the state, almost half from a different county. About 14 percent moved in from another state and 6 percent came from another country.
Most of the towns with the greatest proportion of those moving in were also in the south, and in the case of the biggest gainer, New Hanover, at least some of that could be explained by the movement of those in the military serving in Fort Dix, which is partly in the township, and their families. New Hanover also landed near the top of the list of communities with the largest percentage of residents moving out.
More than 20 percent of those who moved out of New Jersey went to a different state, while 46 percent moved to a different county within New Jersey.
Of the municipalities with the smallest percentage of people moving out, more were located in North Jersey and all but two are small suburban towns, with fewer than 5,000 residents.
Most of the communities with the largest proportion of people moving out also were located in the north. They included six very sparsely-populated towns, including the Sussex County park community of Walpack, with just 39 people age 1 or older, and several of the state’s small urban cities — Irvington, New Brunswick and Hoboken.
To see specific data on those moving into any municipality, click on it. Information about those who left is in a separate map, here.