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The population of New Jersey has increased more than 330 percent since 1900. A major reason for this increase is the rise in life expectancy. In the last decade alone, the percentage of the population that is aged 85 and over has increased 35.8 percent. As in 1998, in every age group over 24, the number of females exceeded the number of males. Females comprised 70.7 percent of the population 85 and over in 1999 (Table P1). The race composition of the state also changed over the last half of the century. The proportion of the population that is white decreased 15.0 percent, while the black proportion increased 122.7 percent and the other race proportion increased 5,900 percent (Figure P1). Hispanic ethnicity data are not available prior to the 1980 Census, but in the 19 years from 1980 to 1999, the Hispanic portion of the population increased 88.1 percent (Figure P2). The black and other race proportions increased 16.7 and 42.9 percent, respectively, in the same time period (Figure P1).

The Technical Notes section contains information on sources of data and racial and ethnic classification.

   Population Estimates by Age, Race, and Sex, 1999:
Table P1 New Jersey
Table P2 Atlantic County
Table P3 Bergen County
Table P4 Burlington County
Table P5 Camden County
Table P6 Cape May County
Table P7 Cumberland County
Table P8 Essex County
Table P9 Gloucester County
Table P10 Hudson County
Table P11 Hunterdon County
Table P12 Mercer County
Table P13 Middlesex County
Table P14 Monmouth County
Table P15 Morris County
Table P16 Ocean County
Table P17 Passaic County
Table P18 Salem County
Table P19 Somerset County
Table P20 Sussex County
Table P21 Union County
Table P22 Warren County
Table P23 Municipalities with Estimated Populations Over 35,000
Figure P1 Population by Race, 1950-1999
Figure P2 Population by Hispanic Ethnicity, 1980-1999


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