White Population Shrinks as Immigrants Increase in New Jersey Suburbs

The six New Jersey counties that lie across the Hudson River from New York are losing white residents, as well as young children and 20- and 30-somethings, according to the latest census data.

The region โ€” Bergen, Hudson, Essex, Passaic, Union and Middlesex counties โ€” collectively lost nearly 96,000 white residents over the last decade, and gained an even larger number of Asian and Mexican residents.

Several counties experienced a double-digit percentage loss of residents aged 25 to 44. Passaic County lost more than 10,000 residents between the ages of 35 and 44. Bergen County lost 23,302 residents in that age bracket.

Only Hudson county beat the region-wide trend, registering 10 percent growth in the number of residents aged 25 to 34.

In all but one of the six counties, the number of children age 9 or younger fell. Hudson County registered 5,428 fewer kids between the ages of 5 and 9, equal to a 14 percent decrease. The number of children below the age of 10 in Essex county fell by 10,407, equal to a 9 percent loss.

Some of the most dramatic demographic changes took place in Middlesex County, which gained 49,825 Asian Indian residents and 13,514 Mexican residents. The county's white population declined by 38,709, or 7.5 percent, but the overall county population grew by 8 percent.

The number of African Americans also grew in the suburbs: by 13 percent in Bergen, 15 percent in Middlesex and 9 percent in Union county.

In Bergen county, the Asian Indian population grew by 40 percent, while the Korean population grew by 58 percent and the Mexican population more than doubled, to 8,974, and the number of Puerto Ricans rose by 49 percent, to 25,786.