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Passaic Remains the State's 9th-Largest County

Paterson ranks third among cities in population, new census data shows.

Passaic County remains the state's 9th-largest county, according to census data released Thursday. And Paterson is still the state's third-largest city.

The county grew by 2.5 percent, picking up more than 12,000 people since 2000.

There were 501,226 people living in the county in 2010, according to the release, which offers the first information on population counts, racial makeup, Hispanic origin, voting age population and housing status for communities to come out of the 2010 Census.

The data released Thursday will help redraw federal, state and local legislative districts. New Jersey is losing one seat in the House under the counts. 

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).

See the table below for a breakdown of the most populous counties and communities. See the PDFs connected to this article for more information on the racial makeup, the populations of people of Hispanic origin, and populations of people of voting age. And stay tuned to Patch for more community-specific information from the U.S. Census over the next day.

Population rank
Population Change from 2000 to 2010 2010 2000 Geographic area 2000 * 2010 Number Percent

New Jersey 8 414 350 8 791 894 377 544 4.5

COUNTY



1 1 Bergen  884 118 905 116 20 998 2.4 2 3 Middlesex  750 162 809 858 59 696 8.0 3 2 Essex  793 633 783 969 - 9 664 -1.2 4 5 Hudson 608 975 634 266 25 291 4.2 5 4 Monmouth  615 301 630 380 15 079 2.5 6 7 Ocean  510 916 576 567 65 651 12.8 7 6 Union 522 541 536 499 13 958 2.7 8 8 Camden 508 932 513 657 4 725 0.9 9 9 Passaic  489 049 501 226 12 177 2.5 10 10 Morris  470 212 492 276 22 064 4.7 11 11 Burlington  423 394 448 734 25 340 6.0 12 12 Mercer  350 761 366 513 15 752 4.5 13 13 Somerset 297 490 323 444 25 954 8.7 14 14 Gloucester  254 673 288 288 33 615 13.2 15 15 Atlantic  252 552 274 549 21 997 8.7 16 16 Cumberland  146 438 156 898 10 460 7.1 17 17 Sussex  144 166 149 265 5 099 3.5 18 18 Hunterdon  121 989 128 349 6 360 5.2 19 19 Warren  102 437 108 692 6 255 6.1 20 20 Cape May 102 326 97 265 - 5 061 -4.9 21 21 Salem  64 285 66 083 1 798 2.8

CITY OR TOWNSHIP



1 1 Newark  273 546 277 140 3 594 1.3 2 2 Jersey City 240 055 247 597 7 542 3.1 3 3 Paterson 149 222 146 199 - 3 023 -2.0 4 4 Elizabeth 120 568 124 969 4 401 3.7 5 5 Edison township (Middlesex County) 97 687 99 967 2 280 2.3 6 6 Woodbridge (Middlesex County) 97 203 99 585 2 382 2.5 7 22 Lakewood (Ocean County) 60 352 92 843 32 491 53.8 8 7 Toms River* (Ocean County) 89 706 91 239 1 533 1.7 9 8 Hamilton  87 109 88 464 1 355 1.6 10 9 Trenton 85 403 84 913 - 490 -0.6 11 11 Clifton 78 672 84 136 5 464 6.9 12 10 Camden 79 904 77 344 - 2 560 -3.2 13 12 Brick township (Ocean County) 76 119 75 072 - 1 047 -1.4 14 13 Cherry Hill township (Camden County) 69 965 71 045 1 080 1.5 15 15 Passaic 67 861 69 781 1 920 2.8 16 17 Middletown township (Monmouth County) 66 327 66 522 195 0.3 17 16 Union Cit 67 088 66 455 - 633 -0.9 18 21 Old Bridge 60 456 65 375 4 919 8.1 19 18 Gloucester  64 350 64 634 284 0.4 20 14 East Orange 69 824 64 270 - 5 554 -8.0

* Census 2000 counts are as published in Census 2000 reports and thus do not include any changes published subsequently due to boundary changes or to the Count Question Resolution program.

**  Toms River township (Ocean County) was Dover township in 2000.

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