New Jersey’s population has become more diverse over the past two decades, but the trend is not spread evenly among its 21 counties, according to a study published this month by the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton University.
The report used the 2020 Census and created a rating system to measure diversity. The index was based on the percentages of the county populations for each racial or ethnic group.
“This story paints a demographic portrait of who we are as a state, in terms of our ethnic and racial makeup,” said John Froonjian, executive director of the Hughes Center. “It’s important that we understand our identity as a state, region or county. Changes in our population makeup may affect our culture, affect our government and the marketplace. People need to be aware of what’s happening in their backyards.”