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New Jersey likely to hold all House seats amid slow population growth

By Nikita Biryukov, February 27 2019 12:04 pm

Though New Jersey was among the slowest growing states in the nation between 2008 and 2018, it looks as though the state will retain its 12 House seats following the 2020 Census.

In 2008, 8,711,090 lived in New Jersey. By 2018, that number had climbed to 8,908,520, a growth rate of about 0.2% a year, according to new data published by the Pew Charitable Trusts Wednesday.

Those figures make New Jersey the 12th-slowest-growing state in the union and one that grew significantly slower than the median rate.

The 50-state median growth rate was just over 0.6%, roughly three times the rate of New Jersey’s growth.

In 1962, New Jersey had 15 seats in the House. That number fell to 14 in 1982 and fell again to 13 in 1992. The state again lost a seat in Congress’s lower chamber in 2012, meaning New Jersey has lost Congressional seats in three of the last four censuses.

New Jersey still grew faster over the 10-year period than nearby states like Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New York, though those figures — as well as New Jersey’s — benefit slightly when state population sizes are taken into account.

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