New Jersey covers 7,417 square miles, with a 2012 estimated population of 8,864,590 people (USDA-ERS). Trenton is the state capital. The state’s largest cities are Newark, Jersey City and Paterson. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 74.1% of the state’s population is white, 14.6% is Black/African-American, 8.7% is Asian, and 18.1% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (2011).
New Jersey has zero hospitals identified by the Flex Monitoring Team as Critical Access Hospitals. There are zero Rural Health Clinics in New Jersey (Kaiser, 2012). There are 20 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) with 120 FQHC service delivery sites (Kaiser, 2010) in the state. 16.0% percent of New Jersey residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2011).
According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for New Jersey residents in 2011 was $52,430. Estimates from 2011 indicate a state-wide poverty rate of 10.4%. 2011 ACS data from reports that 12.4% of the population has not completed high school. The unemployment rate in New Jersey is 9.3% (USDA-ERS, 2011).
* New Jersey does not have any nonmetro counties based on the definitions from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) June 2003 classification. However, New Jersey does have pockets of rurality.
For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.
U.S. Census Bureau: State & County QuickFacts; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets; North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center; Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; Flex Monitoring Team: Critical Access Hospital List
HUD Community Development Block Grants: New Jersey
Contact information for the State CDBG program. Provides funding for community development projects.
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM-MAR)
Supports collaboration among libraries and information centers that serve health information needs in Delaware, New Jersey , New York and Pennsylvania.
New Jersey Child Support
The child support program is supervised by the state Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development, Office of Child Support Services, and is administered in individual counties.
New Jersey Department of Health
Works to improve the health of all New Jersey residents.
New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services: Office of Minority and Multicultural Health
Committed to helping people in diverse communities live longer, healthier lives by reducing the gaps in health status between New Jersey’s minority and multicultural communities and the state as a whole.
New Jersey Department of Human Services
Is the state's social services agency, serving more than one million of New Jersey's most vulnerable citizens, or about one of every eight New Jersey residents.
New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA)
Works as an advocate for New Jersey hospitals and their systems.
New Jersey Primary Care Association (NJPCA)
Committed to providing and expanding quality health care to the people in our communities who need and depend on us.
New Jersey Public Health Training Center
Provides access to training and learning resources that will enable the current and future public health workforce in New Jersey to better deliver the essential public health services to their communities.
New Jersey Regional Extension Center (NJ-HITEC)
New Jersey State Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (REC) that helps health care providers become meaningful users of electronic health records by providing information and technical assistance.
New Jersey State Office of Rural Health (NJSORH)
Provides technical assistance, statewide coordination, information clearinghouse, and recruitment and retention. Works with the New Jersey Primary Care Association.
Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development (NERCRD)
One of four regional rural development centers in the nation. Focuses on rural issues including community and economic development, food systems, natural resources, and entrepreneurship. Serves a 12 state area in the Northeast region which includes CT, DE, MA, NJ, NY, RI, PA, WV, NH, ME, MD, VT.
Resources for Communities and People Solutions
Works with communities of all sizes to address a broad range of needs.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: New Jersey
Works to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing. The HUD state office provides information about HUD housing programs and local contacts for the state.
USDA Rural Development New Jersey State Office
Committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in all of rural America. The Rural Development State Office provides information about Rural Development programs and applications for financial assistance.
Aetna Foundation Regional Grants
Funds community wellness initiatives focusing on healthy food and activity that serve low-income, underserved, or minority populations.
BJ’s Charitable Foundation
Funding for hunger prevention, self-sufficiency, healthcare, and education to those who are underserved.
Claneil Foundation Special Project Fund
Provides seed funding to emerging nonprofits, or to new projects of established organizations in the areas of education; environment; health and human services; and hunger and nutrition.
Dollar General Youth Literacy Grants
Funding to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading.
Gannett Foundation Community Action Grants
Supports local organizations with funding priority given to programs that focus on education and neighborhood improvement, economic development, youth development, community problem-solving, assistance to disadvantaged people, environmental conservation, and cultural enrichment.
Georgia-Pacific Foundation Grants
Grants for organizations projects that focus on education, the environment, community enhancement, affordable housing, arts and culture, and entrepreneurship.
Gladys Brooks Foundation Grants
Offers grants for libraries, educational institutions, hospitals, and clinics.
Mission and Ministry Fund Planning and Project Grants
Grants to build community capacity and work in collaboration with others to implement action plans that address specific, documented community needs.
Mission and Ministry Fund Violence Prevention Grant
Funds may be requested to cover the costs of community-based planning, conducting community meetings, assessing community violence-related assets and needs, continuing specific community-based violence prevention efforts and related activities.
National Network of Libraries of Medicine Middle Atlantic Region Funding
Provides funding for National Network of Libraries members located in the Middle Atlantic region to assist them in conducting outreach and technology projects.
New York and New Jersey 340B Drug Pricing Program During Declared Public Health Emergency
Allows certain facilities such as Critical Access Hospitals and Federally-Qualified Health Center look-alikes to purchase prescription and non-prescription medications at reduced cost.
Nonprofit Training Resource Fund
Grants to organizations for employees to attend approved classes and courses that will enhance their job performance.
Wells Fargo Corporate Giving Programs
Funding for nonprofit organizations in the areas of community development, education, human services, arts and culture, civic responsibility, and environmental consciousness.
Inactive Funding Opportunities -
Lists additional funding programs for this state that are not currently accepting applications. Programs that are inactive may be offered again in the future.
Documents, Reports and Other Publications
Demographic and Economic Profile: New Jersey
Author(s): Kathleen K. Miller
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute
Discusses demographic and economic data including population, race, education, age, poverty, income, and more. Includes maps and graphics.
Date: 02 / 2009
Small Business Profile: New Jersey
Sponsoring organization: Small Business Administration
Profile of the state's economy, covering the number of firms, industry composition, small business income, banking, women and minority business ownership, and employment.
Date: 2 / 2013
See also: State-by-State Resources: Documents