New Brunswick, New Jersey Population 2020

55,960

New Brunswick is a city located in New Jersey. With a 2020 population of 55,960, it is the 13th largest city in New Jersey and the 696th largest city in the United States. New Brunswick is currently declining at a rate of -0.12% annually but its population has increased by 1.41% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 55,181 in 2010. New Brunswick reached it's highest population of 56,215 in 2016. Spanning over 6 miles, New Brunswick has a population density of 10,694 people per square mile.

The average household income in New Brunswick is $55,290 with a poverty rate of 34.25%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,445 per month, and the median house value is $257,400. The median age in New Brunswick is 23.2 years, 23.9 years for males, and 22.7 years for females. For every 100 females there are 92.4 males.

New Brunswick is the county seat of Middlesex County, New Jersey. Home to Rutgers University, New Brunswick is located about 27 miles to the southwest of Manhattan. New Brunswick is often called the Healthcare City because it's the corporate headquarters and center for drug production for many major pharmaceutical companies like Bristol-Myers Squibb and Johnson & Johnson. The city also boasts several major medical research and teaching centers like the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Saint Peter's University Hospital.

New Brunswick Diversty and Population Statistics

New Brunswick's population is very ethnically diverse. In the past, 25% of the total Hungarian population of the state lived in New Brunswick, and 35% of the city's population was Hungarian in 1930. While the Hungarian community is still active in New Brunswick, there are also growing Hispanic and Asian communities, particularly around French Street.

New Brunswick Population Growth

According to new census data, the population of New Jersey as a whole is becoming more racially diverse with a growing Hispanic population. New Brunswick now has the 12th largest number of Hispanic residents in the state but one of the highest in terms of proportion at nearly 50%. Hispanics will soon become a majority in New Brunswick.

The state's Asian population is also growing, especially in suburban areas of Middlesex County like New Brunswick and nearby Edison and Woodbridge. The number of Asian people in the county has climbed more than 50%, accounting for 21% of the county's population by 2010.

The population of New Brunswick as a whole continues to grow due to a large population shift across the New York Metro area, with much of the growth attributed to foreign-born people, young people in their 20s and 30s, empty-nesters, and baby boomers.

New Brunswick Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of New Brunswick was:

  • White: 64.24%
  • Black or African American: 14.56%
  • Asian: 10.04%
  • Other race: 9.05%
  • Two or more races: 1.99%
  • Native American: 0.07%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.05%
The current population of New Brunswick, New Jersey is 55,960, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 56,100.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 55,181.

New Brunswick, New Jersey Population 2020

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White36,03064.24%
Black or African American8,16614.56%
Asian5,62910.04%
Some Other Race5,0759.05%
Two or More Races1,1181.99%
American Indian and Alaska Native390.07%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander270.05%

New Brunswick Population Pyramid 2020

New Brunswick Median Age

23.2


Total

23.9


Male

22.7


Female

New Brunswick Adults

There are 43,050 adults, (3,212 of whom are seniors) in New Brunswick.

New Brunswick Age Dependency

40.8

Age Dependency Ratio

8.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

32.7

Child Dependency Ratio

New Brunswick Sex Ratio

Female

29,154

51.98%

Male

26,930

48.02%

New Brunswick Households and Families

New Brunswick Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

New Brunswick Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married25.9%74.1%
Male20.4%79.6%
All17.2%82.8%
Female13.8%86.2%
Non Family12%88%

17.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All14,8933.1817.2
Non Family6,1111.8312
Married4,3384.0825.9
Female3,2003.9813.8
Male1,2444.5320.4

3.78

Average Family Size

3.18

Average Household Size

11.3%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.1%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

New Brunswick Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade6,21124.01%
9th to 12th Grade3,36012.99%
High School Graduate6,32124.43%
Some College3,27912.67%
Associates Degree1,0784.17%
Bachelors Degree3,16312.23%
Graduate Degree2,4619.51%

New Brunswick Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic14,6446,411738
White4,8624,5412,670
Black4,5653,714970
Other Race2,5861,369168
Asian1,6481,4981,220
Multiple Races494404136

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 93.40%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 74.03%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$26,811$29,658$23,618
Less Than High School$21,259$23,211$17,724
High School Grad$25,736$29,049$20,397
Some College$24,762$31,413$22,728
Bachelors Degree$49,318$52,240$42,143
Graduate Degree$68,011$79,792$54,422

$26,811

Average Earnings

$29,658

Average Male

$23,618

Average Female

New Brunswick Language

New Brunswick Language by Age

New Brunswick Language

45.01% of New Brunswick residents speak only English, while 54.99% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 48.01% of the population.

New Brunswick Poverty

New Brunswick Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic26,9688,88732.95%
White10,1504,15540.94%
Black6,8011,84027.05%
Other5,0471,63132.32%
Asian2,9241,31645.01%
Multiple96724925.75%

34.25%

Overall Poverty Rate

30.63%

Male Poverty Rate

37.70%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in New Brunswick

The race most likely to be in poverty in New Brunswick is Asian, with 45.01% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in New Brunswick is Multiple, with 25.75% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 7.48%. Among those working part-time, it was 40.89%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 55.07%.

Name Poverty
High School30.23%
Less Than High School29.83%
Some College19.52%
Bachelors or Greater14.27%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed50.72%
Male Unemployed31.40%
Female Employed21.64%
Male Employed16.09%

New Brunswick Income

New Brunswick Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$42,185$55,290
Families$43,152$57,424
Married Families$62,443-
Non Families$31,372$46,786

New Brunswick Marital Status

New Brunswick Marital Status

Marriage Rates

23.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

25.7%

Male Marriage Rate

22.2%

Female Marriage Rate

New Brunswick Married by Age and Sex

New Brunswick Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

New Brunswick Marital Status by Race

New Brunswick Veterans

525

Number of Veterans

502

Male Veterans

23

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War266
Vietnam151
First Gulf War82
World War II22
Korea20
Name Veterans % of Total
White3111.15%
Hispanic1250.66%
Other1033.26%
Black821.21%
2 or More202.71%
Asian90.17%

$New Brunswick Veterans by Education

5.50%

Veteran Poverty Rate

16.31%

Veteran Disability Rate

New Brunswick Employment Status

51.9%

Labor Force Participation

47.9%

Employment Rate

7.6%

Unemployment Rate

New Brunswick Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

51.42%

Born in New Jersey

66.01%

Native Born

33.99%

Foreign Born

23.80%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

66.01% of New Brunswick residents were born in the United States, with 51.42% having been born in New Jersey. 23.80% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202055,960-70-0.12%
201956,030-70-0.12%
201856,100-45-0.08%
201756,145-70-0.12%
201656,2151820.32%
201556,0331340.24%
201455,899-8-0.01%
201355,9074950.89%
201255,4121180.21%
201155,2944070.74%
201054,8876,3141.23%
200048,5736,8621.53%
199041,7112690.06%
198041,442-443-0.11%
197041,8851,7460.43%
196040,1391,3280.34%
195038,8115,6311.58%
194033,180-1,375-0.41%
193034,5551,7760.53%
192032,7799,3913.43%
191023,3883,3821.57%
190020,0061,4030.73%
189018,6031,4370.81%
188017,1662,1081.32%
187015,0583,8022.95%
186011,2560.00%