The population of Lakewood jumped by 45.6% over the last ten years, with the Ocean County township jumping Edison and Woodbridge to become the fifth largest municipality in the state.
That puts the new population of the 30th legislative district at 269,949 – far above the ideal sized district of 232,225 and beyond the 255,447 limit set by federal courts in redistricting matters.
That will mean the district currently represented by State Sen. Robert Singer (R-Lakewood) and Assemblymen Sean Kean (R-Wall) and Ned Thomson (R-Wall) will need to shed about 37,724 people when the Legislative Apportionment Commission draws new districts for the 2023 elections.
In 2000, the U.S. Census Bureau put Lakewood’s population at 60,352 and estimated a growth of 18% increase in 2009 of 71,359. Instead, the final count was substantially higher: 92,843 – a 54% increase over ten years.
The Census estimate for Lakewood in 2019 was 106,300, a 15% increase in the last decade. But for the second decade in a row, the township rolled past the estimates – by 27%.
Elizabeth remains the fourth-largest city in New Jersey, with just 2,140 more people than Lakewood.