Monday, May 4, 2009

Suburbs still growing but region's cities are too

A report today from New Jersey Future informs us that Cumberland County's population growth was nearly triple that of the NJ statewide average between 2007 and 2008.

No surprise? Well, did you know that Staten Island grew faster than all but five New Jersey counties?

The smart-growth organization's Future Facts publication cites a number of trends behind the census numbers, including:

"... aging Baby Boomers seeking to downsize and relocate to more walkable environments; more single people delaying or forgoing marriage and seeking urban amenities in the meantime; and more couples choosing not to have children, thus inoculating themselves against the usual deterrent effect of low-quality urban schools."

It's interesting reading. You'll find the full article here.

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