The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In New Jersey For 2024

The fastest-growing cities in New Jersey are Belle Mead and Blackwells Mills for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

Is being in an area of New Jersey that’s growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask.

Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Newark and Jersey City, while others want peace and quiet like in Forked River and Beattystown, thank you very much.

But today, we’re going to put opinions aside and look at the cold, hard facts — since 2010, which cities in New Jersey have grown the fastest.

After getting knee-deep in the Census’s American Community Survey using Saturday Night Science, we emerged with this set of cities in the Garden State that have people climbing over each other to get in.

Table Of Contents: Top Ten | Methodology | Summary | Table

Fastest Growing Cities In New Jersey Map

What’s the fastest growing city in New Jersey for 2024? Based on the most recent ACS data, Belle Mead ranks as the fastest-growing city in New Jersey. If you happen to be a resident of Belle Mead, you’re probably not surprised to find it on our list.

If you’re surprised — and you’re wondering why these places are a big deal — keep reading. We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in New Jersey grow like weeds.

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The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In New Jersey For 2024

1. Belle Mead

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Population: 5,867
Population 2010: 124
Percent Growth 4631.5%
Absolute Growth: 5,743
More on Belle Mead: Data | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

2. Blackwells Mills

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Population: 10,047
Population 2010: 698
Percent Growth 1339.4%
Absolute Growth: 9,349
More on Blackwells Mills: Data | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

3. Monmouth Junction

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Population: 9,750
Population 2010: 2,772
Percent Growth 251.7%
Absolute Growth: 6,978
More on Monmouth Junction: Data | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

4. Mays Landing

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Population: 6,183
Population 2010: 2,220
Percent Growth 178.5%
Absolute Growth: 3,963
More on Mays Landing: Data | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

5. Pomona

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Population: 8,878
Population 2010: 5,313
Percent Growth 67.1%
Absolute Growth: 3,565
More on Pomona: Data | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

6. Smithville

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Population: 9,135
Population 2010: 6,045
Percent Growth 51.1%
Absolute Growth: 3,090
More on Smithville: Data | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

7. Fort Dix

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Population: 7,781
Population 2010: 5,206
Percent Growth 49.5%
Absolute Growth: 2,575
More on Fort Dix: Data | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

8. Franklin Center

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Population: 5,583
Population 2010: 3,921
Percent Growth 42.4%
Absolute Growth: 1,662
More on Franklin Center: Data | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

9. Harrison

Harrison, NJ

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Population: 19,217
Population 2010: 13,569
Percent Growth 41.6%
Absolute Growth: 5,648
More on Harrison: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

10. Lakewood

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Population: 68,555
Population 2010: 49,805
Percent Growth 37.6%
Absolute Growth: 18,750
More on Lakewood: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

Methodology: How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Garden State for 2024

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we used Saturday Night Science to look at the growth rates for cities since the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2022)

We ranked all 264 New Jersey cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.

The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest-growing city in the Garden State.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Current Population – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

The data has been updated for 2024. This report is our tenth time ranking the fastest growing cities in New Jersey.

Here’s a graph of the cities in New Jersey with the most significant percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in New Jersey Graph For 2024

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Summary: These Places Grew Up So Fast In New Jersey, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in New Jersey are led by Belle Mead which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.

The fastest-growing cities in New Jersey are Belle Mead, Blackwells Mills, Monmouth Junction, Mays Landing, Pomona, Smithville, Fort Dix, Franklin Center, Harrison, and Lakewood.

It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We’ll be here to let you know!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. Brigantine
  2. Margate City
  3. Ventnor City

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Fastest Growing Places In New Jersey For 2024

Rank City Population Population 2010 Growth Absolute Growth
1 Belle Mead 5,867 124 4631.5% 5,743
2 Blackwells Mills 10,047 698 1339.4% 9,349
3 Monmouth Junction 9,750 2,772 251.7% 6,978
4 Mays Landing 6,183 2,220 178.5% 3,963
5 Pomona 8,878 5,313 67.1% 3,565
6 Smithville 9,135 6,045 51.1% 3,090
7 Fort Dix 7,781 5,206 49.5% 2,575
8 Franklin Center 5,583 3,921 42.4% 1,662
9 Harrison 19,217 13,569 41.6% 5,648
10 Lakewood 68,555 49,805 37.6% 18,750
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