The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In New Jersey For 2022

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the fastest growing cities in New Jersey.

Is being in an area 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 Hight and Englewood Cliffs, thank you very much.

But today we're going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts -- over the past five years, which cities in New Jersey have the grown the fastest.

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

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in New Jersey for 2022 according to the most recent census data:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In New Jersey For 2022

  1. Harrison
  2. Secaucus
  3. Edgewater
  4. Wood-Ridge
  5. Mount Arlington
  6. Raritan
  7. Hoboken
  8. Montvale
  9. New Providence
  10. Rahway

What's the fastest growing city in New Jersey for 2022? Based on the most recent ACS data, Harrison ranks as the fastest growing city in New Jersey. If you happen to be a resident of Harrison, you're probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

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

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in New Jersey or the Fastest Growing States In America.

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The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In New Jersey For 2022

1. Harrison

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Population: 18,313
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 13,569
Percent Growth 35.0%
Absolute Growth: 4,744
More on Harrison: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Harrison, NJ

2. Secaucus

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Population: 20,667
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population 2010: 16,008
Percent Growth 29.1%
Absolute Growth: 4,659
More on Secaucus: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Secaucus, NJ

3. Edgewater

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Population: 12,890
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Population 2010: 10,766
Percent Growth 19.7%
Absolute Growth: 2,124
More on Edgewater: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Edgewater, NJ

4. Wood-Ridge

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Population: 9,016
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 7,572
Percent Growth 19.1%
Absolute Growth: 1,444
More on Wood-Ridge: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Wood-Ridge, NJ

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5. Mount Arlington

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Population: 5,751
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 4,992
Percent Growth 15.2%
Absolute Growth: 759
More on Mount Arlington: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Mount Arlington, NJ

6. Raritan

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Population: 7,833
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Population 2010: 6,814
Percent Growth 15.0%
Absolute Growth: 1,019
More on Raritan: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Raritan, NJ

7. Hoboken

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Population: 53,283
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Population 2010: 47,384
Percent Growth 12.4%
Absolute Growth: 5,899
More on Hoboken: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Hoboken, NJ

8. Montvale

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Population: 8,538
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Population 2010: 7,663
Percent Growth 11.4%
Absolute Growth: 875
More on Montvale: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Montvale, NJ

9. New Providence

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Population: 13,382
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Population 2010: 12,018
Percent Growth 11.3%
Absolute Growth: 1,364
More on New Providence: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

New Providence, NJ

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10. Rahway

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Population: 29,691
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 26,968
Percent Growth 10.1%
Absolute Growth: 2,723
More on Rahway: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Rahway, NJ

Methodology: How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Garden State for 2022

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine 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 2018)

We ranked all 186 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]

Here's a graph of the cities in New Jersey with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in New Jersey Graph For 2022

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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 Harrison which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.

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. Union Beach
  2. Brigantine
  3. Margate City

For more New Jersey reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In New Jersey For 2022

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Harrison 35.0% 18,313 13,569
2 Secaucus 29.1% 20,667 16,008
3 Edgewater 19.7% 12,890 10,766
4 Wood-Ridge 19.1% 9,016 7,572
5 Mount Arlington 15.2% 5,751 4,992
6 Raritan 15.0% 7,833 6,814
7 Hoboken 12.4% 53,283 47,384
8 Montvale 11.4% 8,538 7,663
9 New Providence 11.3% 13,382 12,018
10 Rahway 10.1% 29,691 26,968

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