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.