N.J.’s population center still tilts north. This town considers it a badge of honor.

November 21, 2022

The center of population shows where Americans are moving and migrating. As people move, the center of population shifts, James Hughes professor at Rutgers Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, which is neighboring New Brunswick.

Hughes added that he’s not surprised that the center of population has lingered in and around East Brunswick.

Between the 1920s and 1930s, population growth was mostly concentrated in big cities like Newark, Trenton, Elizabeth and Jersey City, he said. That shifted the center of population farther north into Edison.

The subsequent shift brought by a suburban explosion has caused the statistical center of population to drift south, though it remains well north of the state’s geographic center. (The state says that’s in Hamilton.)

“Population was really spreading out throughout the state,” Hughes said. Still, the population leans heavily to densely-packed northern counties.

NJ.com, November 20, 2022

Recent Posts

NJSPL – New Jersey Employment Concerns Revisited

As 2024 began with yet another surprisingly strong jobs report for the U.S. (353,000 jobs added in January and the unemployment rate steady at 3.7%), and with a full year’s worth of 2023 state-level employment data now available, it’s worth briefly revisiting some of...

New Research: The Traffic Calming Effect of Delineated Bicycle Lanes

Abstract We analyze the effect of a bicycle lane on traffic speeds. Computer vision techniques are used to detect and classify the speed and trajectory of over 9,000 motor-vehicles at an intersection that was part of a pilot demonstration in which a bicycle lane was...

Upcoming Events

Event Series CAREERS

Career Virtual Drop-ins


Bloustein Career Development Specialists Cheryl Egan and Andrea Garrido will be in a Zoom Room on Monday's beginning January 22, 2024 (excluding holidays and spring break) to answer questions, provide […]