Census: NJ population shifting southward

NEWARK - (AP) - Figures from the 2010 Census show populationgrowth in New Jersey is tilting southward as the state's suburbscontinue to diversify.

A trove of state-specific data released Thursday shows thelargest population growth in Gloucester, Ocean and other southerncounties.

Newark remains New Jersey's largest city population-wise,followed by Jersey City and Paterson.

Hispanics account for the largest minority group in New Jerseyand they are spreading out across the state and increasingly nearerto smaller, affluent suburbs.

The data provides a detailed look at population counts andcharacteristics for small areas. Officials are mandated to use itin the redrawing of congressional and state legislative districts.

New Jersey is losing a seat in the U.S. House of Representativesbecause of the 2010 census count.

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