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Census: More New Jerseyans Live Alone Than With Families

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2010 Census (credit: AP)

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TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New census data show that New Jersey might be a slightly lonelier place.

For the first time, a higher percentage of households consist of one person living alone than nuclear families with a husband, wife and children.

However, people living alone are still less common in New Jersey than they are nationwide. Nuclear families remain more common in the Garden State as well.

Each group accounts for about one-fourth of the population.

The U.S. Census Bureau had already reported that one of the nation’s most racially and ethnically diverse states is becoming more so as the number of Latino and Asian residents continues to grow.

The new data released Thursday show that the Mexican population has doubled since 2000. The Asian Indian population has also swelled.

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