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February 4, 2011

RE: U.S. Census Bureau Delivers New Jersey's 2010 Census Population Totals, Including First Look at Race and Hispanic Origin Data for Legislative Redistricting

Dear Mayor:

The U.S. Census Bureau has released detailed 2010 Census population totals and demographic characteristics to state leaders in New Jersey. These data provide the first look at population counts for small areas and race, Hispanic origin, voting age and housing unit data released from the 2010 Census.

The official 2010 Census Redistricting Data Summary File can be used to redraw federal, state and local legislative districts under Public Law 94-171. The census data are used by state officials to realign congressional and state legislative districts in their states, taking into account population shifts since the 2000 Census.

Data for New Jersey show that the five most populous cities and townships and their 2010 Census counts are Newark, 277,140; Jersey City, 247,597; Paterson, 146,199; Elizabeth, 124,969 and Edison, 99,967. Newark grew by 1.3 percent since the 2000 Census. Jersey City grew by 3.1 percent, Paterson decreased by 2.0 percent, Elizabeth grew by 3.7 percent and Edison grew by 2.3 percent.

The largest county is Bergen, with a population of 905,116. Its population grew by 2.4 percent since 2000. The other counties in the top five include Middlesex, with a population of 809,858 (increase of 8.0 percent); Essex, population of 783,969 (decrease of 1.2 percent); Hudson, population of 634,266 (increase of 4.2 percent); and Monmouth, population of 630,380 (increase of 2.5 percent).

The redistricting file consists of five detailed tables: the first shows the population by race, including six single race groups and 57 multiple race groups (63 total race categories); the second shows the Hispanic or Latino population as well as the non-Hispanic or Latino population cross-tabulated by the 63 race categories. These tabulations are repeated in the third and fourth tables for the population 18 years and over and are for the resident population of the United States. The fifth table provides counts of housing units and their occupancy status.

These five detailed tables are available to the public online via FTP download at <http://www2.census.gov/census_2010/01-Redistricting_File--PL_94-171/> and will be available within 24 hours at <http://factfinder2.census.gov>. (Special instructions for linking data downloaded from FactFinder with the Census Bureau's geographic products can be found at <http://www.census.gov/rdo/tech_tips>.)

By April 1, all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico will receive these data for the following areas: state, congressional districts (for 111th Congress), counties, minor civil divisions, state legislative districts, places, school districts, census tracts, block groups and blocks, and if applicable, American Indian and Alaska Native areas and Hawaiian home lands. In addition, data are available for the 46 states that voluntarily provided voting districts to the Census Bureau's Redistricting Data Program. Unique geographies for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico are also available.

For the Census Bureau’s full press release visit http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/2010_census/cb11-cn15.html and http://2010.census.gov/news/releases/operations/cb11-cn15.html

Very truly yours,

 

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

 

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