Is Outmigration Myth or Reality for New Jersey? It’s Complicated

NJTV News | January 30, 2019 | More Issues
NJ Spotlight editor at large Colleen O’Dea discusses the nuances of the Garden State’s migration patterns

The United Van Lines moving company recently published a report, drawing on its customer database, to conclude that New Jersey has more people moving out than any state in the country. But was it accurate? NJ Spotlight editor at large Colleen O’Dea, recently analyzed IRS data that reveals the nuances of migration patterns here. She discussed the comings and goings with NJTV News senior correspondent David Cruz.

While more people are moving out of New Jersey, O’Dea noted that “our population is not shrinking at all. In fact, it is slightly increasing.”

One place where the migration is inward is Hudson County, O’Dea said, “because it’s just booming. The waterfront is booming, Jersey City, Hoboken. You’ve got businesses coming in, you’ve got residences being built so a lot of people are moving into there. Hudson County took the most people from any out-of-state county, and that was people moving from Manhattan…”

On the flip side, “outskirt counties — Cape May, Atlantic in particular, Salem, Cumberland, and then up in the north, Warren and Sussex counties,” are losing population, O’Dea observed.

Read the extended interview on NJTV News Online, a content partner of NJ Spotlight.