Your home county may seem like a small world, but in 2012 Monmouth became a tad smaller—708 residents smaller, to be exact. The U.S. Census Bureau released county population estimates on Thursday for the year spanning July 1, 2011 through July 1, 2012.
In 2010, census data revealed Holmdel's population was up 6 percent. In 2011, the township had 16,773 residents, up from 15,781 in 2000. At the same time, Monmouth County had fallen behind in the 2010 census and became ranked the fifth-largest county.
As of the 2010 census, Hazlet had 20,334 people within township borders. There were 21,378 people as of the 2000 census in Hazlet.
Monmouth County’s estimated population shrank from 630,821 in 2011 to 629,384 in 2012. The decline marks the second year in a row the county’s population declined: the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the county lost 729 between July 2010 and July 2011.
While the overall population saw a decline, births and deaths in Monmouth remained flat from 2011 to 2012. There were 6,074 births reported in the 2010 data and 6,100 in the 2012 numbers. Some 5,301 deaths were reported in the county in 2010 and 5,323 were reported from 2012.
New Jersey had an overall estimated population increase of 29,817 in 2012, according to census. In addition to Monmouth, five other counties in the state experienced a decrease last year: Cape May, Hunterdon, Salem, Sussex and Warren.