July 18, 2016 | Number of The Day

It doesn’t always seem like it, but New Jersey’s population is pretty young. More than two million of our nearly nine million residents are under 18 years old; that’s 23 percent of our population. And 26 percent of those two million are under the age of five, according to the 2016 Kids Count, an annual survey of child well-being.

Of New Jersey’s children, 48 percent are white; 25 percent identify as Hispanic; 15 percent, black; nine percent, Asian; and 9 percent, “other.” That equates to an increase in the population of Hispanic and Asian children and a reduction in the population of white and black children.