December 21, 2017 | Number of The Day
Population of New Jersey, largest ever recorded

The population of the Garden State has reached a record 9 million. Indeed, according to new estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, it stood at 9,005,644 on July 1 this year, confirming it as the 11th most populous state in the nation, the same rank it has held since 2005.

Although the population here continues to grow, it is doing so at a snail’s pace — 27,228 new New Jerseyans joined our ranks between 2016 and 2017. That represents an increase of 0.30 percent, which was less than half the national increase (0.72 percent). Still, that’s an improvement on the 2015-2016 growth rate (0.21 percent), a period when the national rate was 0.76 percent.

For the 2000 to 2010 decade, New Jersey came in 34th among the states for growth. But outmigrating millennials might threaten the state’s continued growth.

“The state is at a point where coordinated and purposeful guidance of state investments and incentives to create vibrant, walkable places could improve its prospects for growth, especially among the Millennial population,” Peter Kasabach, executive director of New Jersey Future, a nonprofit dedicated to sensible growth and development, said.