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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Hub City continued to be the state’s 27th-largest municipality by population last year, according to recently released numbers. Between 2010 and 2012, New Brunswick’s official population grew by 873 residents, or 1.6%.
New Brunswick’s official 2012 population is 56,160, though the actual number of residents is likely much higher due to large numbers of undocumented immigrants and college students.
Middlesex County’s population also increased at a similar rate, 1.5%, good for the second-fastest growth rate in NJ. All 25 of the municipalities in the county posted an increase in the newly-released numbers.
Only Hudson County is growing faster than Middlesex.
The county is also home to the fifth and sixth most populous municipalities (Edison and Woodbridge) in the state. In 2012, each had over 100,000 residents for the first time in history, while Old Bridge grew to 66,179 and Piscataway grew to 57,650, just slightly bigger than the Hub City.
Carteret had the fastest growth rate in the county, with a 4.8% increase to 24,062.
According to a report published by the state’s Department of Community Affairs, New Brunswick approved building permits for 203 housing units in 2010.
The vast majority of those units (192) were the result of construction permits for The Vue, a mixed-use building on Somerset Street that is currently the tallest in the city.
Charlie is the founder and editor of New Brunswick Today, and the winner of the Awbrey Award for Community-Oriented Local Journalism. He is a proud Rutgers University journalism graduate, a community organizer, and a former independent candidate for mayor of New Brunswick.