From the Star Ledger:
New Jersey came closer to reaching nine million residents last year, but the state’s meager growth slowed its pace toward that milestone, according to new Census data.
The state was home to 8,944,469 people in July 2016, an increase of 9,000 over the same time in 2015. If that population growth continues, New Jersey will not hit that nine million market until roughly 2022.
New Jersey was 39th in the nation in population growth over the past year, increasing by just 0.1 percent, compared to the national average of 0.7 percent. It ranked roughly the same in growth since 2010, the year the Census uses as a comparison point in its data.
The state’s population growth comes from births and inward migration, while it shrinks due to the deaths and outward migration. While it had some of the highest international migration in the nation — nearly 300,000 since 2010 — it has lost even more people from outward migration.
This difference could have long-term impact on New Jersey’s demographics and economy. The state relies on population growth to drive economic growth and productivity.
Previous data has shown Asian immigrants account for 45 percent of net international immigration to the state, followed by Latin American immigrants. Meanwhile, Jersey-born residents are leaving the state to retire or look for other jobs.