Study Finds Jersey City Will Add as Many Apartments as Manhattan in 2019

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A new study says Jersey City will deliver as many new apartments as Manhattan this year. Photo by Darrell Simmons/Jersey Digs.

The impact of a construction boom has been felt in many towns along the Hudson River, but a recent report shows that New Jersey’s second-largest city is growing at a level that’s comparable to Manhattan.

RENTCafe, a California-based company that tracks real estate trends, released a study last week detailing nationwide totals regarding the construction of new apartments in 2019.


The region that’s adding the most units in the U.S. was the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, which has a total of 22,196 new apartments in the pipeline for this year.

The Seattle metro area came in second place with a projected 13,682 units under construction, closely followed by the Big Apple.


The New York metro area is planning to add 13,418 new units, and a breakdown of the numbers demonstrates just how quickly Chilltown is growing.

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Fastest-growing metro areas in the U.S. Graphic via RENTCafe.

Jersey City is seeing some serious development this year, as it’s planning to deliver 2,111 new apartments. That total is just a shade under what’s coming online in Manhattan, which is slated to bring 2,143 units to the market in 2019.

Besides Jersey City, Hudson County is also getting fuel from Bayonne, where 663 new units are set to enter the market by year’s end.

Hackensack, the most populous city in Bergen County, is planning to add 488 apartments this year, while estimates for New Brunswick show construction of 388 units.

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Fastest-growing markets in New York Metro area. Graphic via RENTCafe.

Most new apartments in New York City are being built in Brooklyn, which is adding a whopping total of 3,140 units throughout the borough. Neighborhoods in the outer boroughs are adding the most apartments, led by Bushwick’s 1,103 units.

That’s almost double the 553 new apartments being built in the Queens neighborhood of Jamaica, which landed in second place. Astoria, Harlem, and Williamsburg rounded out the top five in terms of most new apartments in NYC.

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Fastest-growing neighborhoods in the five boroughs. Graphic via RENTCafe.

During the last decade, over 2.34 million apartments were delivered across the United States despite a slight slowdown over the last two years.

2017 culminated with an impressive 331,765 apartments delivered nationwide, but that fell off a bit last year to 326,000 new deliveries. New apartment additions for 2019 are projected at just under 300,000.

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15 COMMENTS

  1. And where’s the plan to manage the public transport better?

    We need a revamped NJT, and either bigger, more frequent PATH cars, or an increase in PATH fares. Surprising that fares have not increased since Sep 2014.

    • yes we need more pollution and congestion which results in a shorter lifespan, while the developers line their pockets and retreat to their suburban mansions. What a travesty

    • As many of the new hipster residents will soon come to realize, all is not perfect on the other side of the Hudson and pushing more people there is going to make things worse. The PATH is already at its limit you cannot put on any more / longer trains the tunnels are at capacity, also Newport is after Hoboken on the WTS line and the last stop on the Newark line before NYC which means the trains are full when it stops there. There are no buses and the ferry’s only work if you are rich and live / work near a ferry terminal. The number of people flooding to JC from the city and not doing any research is quite amusing when they find out how long its going to take to get to work. Oh yeh due to all the abatements none of those new buildings are paying any tax to build new infrastructure either.

  2. This sounds good but with Captain Orange at the helm crapping on the market daily…this could be heading for a crash and burn. It’s one thing to bring units into the market and another to fill them.

  3. What are you doing for low to moderate income families? What about the traffic jams that we are experiencing daily? I’ve been here for over 40 years and they are pushing us out.

  4. The problem really isn’t hipsters moving in and causing congestion or lack of functional mass transit options like PATH, NJ Transit and the Port Authority which all offer substandard service, to put it mildly. One can not build *bigger* trains, though possibly the platforms can be made a bit longer. Hudson County could handle these issues if not for the influx of suburban commuters which didn’t exist when PATH was built. Building another tunnel and/or bridge might help but even that would cause more induced congestion. Getting off the ground would seem to be the best solution. Maybe one giant mega-loop built above ground and over the River which would provide space for cars, buses, trucks, monorails, and bikes. It’s either that or jet packs and flying cars.

    • I think needs to be as aggressive moving companies over the river, legitimate companies that would move significant number of jobs to JC. They should have been all over JP Morgan moving its operations and finance teams to Brooklyn while they build their new buildings. That’s just an example.

      Point being people should have better job options in JC so that people don’t have to commute to NYC. You’ll always have people that want to work in NYC..let them deal with the daily rat race to nyc. But me personally and many of my friends would love to work in JC. I would love to get out of work and ride my bike home and not have to deal with subways and path. But so much of the jobs in JC (from a finance perspective) are IT or tech driven. We need more diversity.

      Don’t get me wrong I love NYC and still enjoy going to eat and watch shows or concerts etc…but I don’t need to squash into a path train to commute to NYC for an hour.

      • Well, in the old days people did live and work locally- in the factories and warehouses, and on the docks and in the rail yards. Hudson County was proper working class. And with no suburbs yet there was no traffic congestion. I suppose the modern day equivalent would be people doing tech jobs and such at home. As for better job options I don’t see it. People tend to go where the jobs are, not the other way around.

  5. There is an option to create “bigger trains” – it’s open gangway subway cars. New York has these under consideration: https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2016/02/nyc-finally-gets-on-board-with-the-subway-car-of-the-future-open-gangway/459300/

    These are already used in many cities abroad; I’ve experienced them in Milan, Rio de Janeiro, Berlin among other places. There are quite the norm in China, India, Spain, and Germany, as well as in Dubai, Singapore, Tokyo, Mexico City, Paris, and Toronto.

    • You can add Hudson County and Newark to your list. Gangway rail cars have been a staple on the Hudson Light Rail since it’s inception. But they’re not bigger in length, height, or width. A better use of space would be to fine or ban assholes with extra large backpacks.

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