The results of the 2020 census are finally in. This snapshot of the country — taken once every 10 years — comes amid a pandemic that brought with it delays and challenges that had some people questioning whether the health crisis could have contributed to a census undercount. The critical data is used to help states compete for federal dollars and determine the boundaries of congressional and legislative districts.
New Jersey’s population of nearly 9.3 million — up from from 8.7 million in 2010 — means the state won’t lose any congressional seats this year, as happened two decades ago. This latest survey shows that population growth in the state over the last decade was almost entirely in urban areas or cities, growing at a faster rate than the nation as a whole. Leaders of several cities were on edge Thursday, some looking to claim the spot as the largest city in the state.