Only one municipality in New Jersey saw double-digit growth last year, and only about half the towns in the state showed any growth at all, according to U.S. Census Bureau updates that will be released today.
Woolwich in Gloucester County — once mostly farmland, now a Philadelphia bedroom community — led the state with an estimated 1,094 new residents for a nearly 15 percent increase. Second was Mount Arlington, a small resort town on Lake Hopatcong that saw an increase of 382 people or 7.2 percent.
Overall however, New Jersey continued a trend of sluggish growth, lagging seriously behind the national population growth rate of about 1 percent a year. Despite a construction boom in cities such as Newark, most of the new building replaced deteriorated existing housing, with little net increase in population, according to the census figures.
The population slowdown in New Jersey mirrors that for the entire Northeast, one of the most expensive housing markets in the country. It also makes it increasingly likely New Jersey will lose one of its 13 Congressional seats in the 2010 Census.