When it comes to ethnic and racial diversity, New Jersey has it down: 22 percent of its population is foreign born and five of its cities — Jersey City, Clifton, Newark, Trenton, and Camden — are among the top 100 most diverse cities in the country.
But perhaps more surprising is that 52.7 percent of New Jersey residents were born out of state, including outside of the country, according to a new study by WalletHub, the financial services website.
To be fair, most New Jerseyans were either born nearby or in another country: 16.62 percent of those not born in the Garden State are from the Northeast. Most of the rest were born in the south (3.67 percent) or in a U.S. territory or born abroad to U.S. parents (2.4 percent.) Few New Jerseyans come from the Midwest (1.65 percent) or West (1 percent).