It’s no secret that New Jersey is home to many immigrants, but the growth in their numbers is somewhat staggering. The Migration Policy Institute estimates that there are nearly 2 million immigrants living in New Jersey (22 percent of the population), and that total grew 33 percent since 2000.
Of these immigrants, 48 percent were born in Latin America (including the Caribbean), totaling 895,321. The second-largest cohort was Asian, with immigrants hailing from across the continent. Nevertheless, 10 percent are from Eastern Asia (mostly China and Korea) and 14.5 percent from South Central Asia (India, Pakistan, Iran).