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What are the most populous cities in New Jersey?

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According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the top five most populous cities in New Jersey were Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth and Edison. Other New Jersey cities in the top 10 in population were Woodbridge, Lakewood, Toms River, Hamilton and Trenton.

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Newark had a population of 277,140 in 2010. Notably, Newark's population grew from 2000 to 2010 after gradually decreasing during the previous two decades. Jersey City had a population of 247,597 in 2010, while Paterson had a population of 146,199. Paterson had the highest population density of any New Jersey city in the top 10 in population.

Elizabeth was the fourth-most populous city in New Jersey, with 124,969 people in 2010, while Edison had a population of 99,967. Edison is the most populous New Jersey city to not be in the top 20 of Hispanic population.

Woodbridge had a population of 99,585 in 2010, while Lakewood had a population of 92,843. Lakewood experienced a 54 percent increase in population from 2000, influenced in part by the establishment of new senior communities.

Toms River had a population of 91,239 in 2010, while Hamilton had a population of 88,464. Trenton, the capital of New Jersey, had a population of 84,913 in 2010.

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