Anyone who lives in New Jersey knows that it’s a wonderfully diverse place to live. Jersey City in particular was rated the most diverse city in the United States for four years, according to a study by Wallethub. Recently, NeighborWho released an article illustrating that diversity in New Jersey is on the rise — and is only set to keep growing. By 2024, no one race or ethnic group will make up more than half of the population, meaning the state will have crossed over to have what the study calls a ‘majority-minority population.’ Read on for what we know about New Jersey’s increasingly diverse population.
Jersey City Ranking
Jersey City was ranked America’s most diverse city by Wallethub in 2017, 2018, 2020, and in 2021. WalletHub compared more than 500 of the largest U.S. cities across three key indicators of ethnic diversity: ethnoracial diversity, language, and birthplace.
Jersey City beat out New York, which came in at #6, and San Francisco, which came in at #14.
Jersey City’s diverse population is emblematic of a larger state trend toward increased diversity, supported by the newest data.
New Jersey Slated to Become a Majority-Minority State By 2024
According to a NeighborWho study from back in March, our country as a whole is trending toward majority-minority populations. The study defines a majority-minority as a population “in which no one group remains the dominant racial or ethnic group.” While only 3 states had majority-minority populations in 2020, recent trends suggest this is about to shift in this decade.
“Based on current trends, we project Georgia (2023), New Jersey (2024), Florida and New York (both 2025), and Arizona (2029) will cross over this threshold [to become a majority-minority state] before the end of the decade,” the study reads.
15 more states are expected to join this list by 2050.
These findings were based on the rate of change observed between 2010 and 2020. While there are other factors that could impact these findings, such as death rates and immigration, the results are in line with other projections that the US won’t have one racial or ethnic group making up more than 50% of the population by 2045.