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New Jersey Boasts 10 Of Nation’s Most Populous Counties

More Than Half Of Nation's Population Lives In Just 146 Counties
Jersey City, including the Liberty Science Center, plus the Bayonne Bridge in the distance, as seen from the Empire State Building - April 30, 2013 (credit: Evan Bindelglass / CBSNewYork)

Jersey City, including the Liberty Science Center, plus the Bayonne Bridge in the distance, as seen from the Empire State Building – April 30, 2013 (credit: Evan Bindelglass / CBSNewYork)

ELIZABETH, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — New data have shown that New Jersey really is quite the packed state.

As 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported, new statistics have shown that more than half of the people in the entire nation live in only 146 counties — and of those counties, 10 are in New Jersey.

Bergen, Middlesex, Essex, Hudson, Monmouth, Ocean, Union, Camden, Passaic and Morris counties – in that order – all rank within the top 146, according to a published report.

John Busichio has lived in New Jersey all his life, and he said so many people live in New Jersey because it has so much to offer.

“In Union County, Westfield and Summit, for example – they are two of the wealthiest towns in the entire country, without a doubt. And then Morris County to are west is pretty well off,” Busichio said. “There’s a lot of money here.”

Another man said he moved to New Jersey in 1984.

“I got a job. I came here. I’m working, and I love New Jersey,” he said.

A total of 11 New York counties made the list. All five boroughs of New York City – each of which is its own county – were in the top 146, along with Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island; Westchester County; and upstate Erie County (Buffalo), Monroe County (Rochester), and Onondaga County (Syracuse).

Three Connecticut counties – Fairfield, Hartford, and New Haven – made the list.

Nationwide, California had the greatest total number of counties on the list at 17 – all but one in southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area. Florida and Texas each boasted 12 counties on the list.

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