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The population of Burlington County increased by 0.3 percent from 2010 to 2015, from 448,734 to 450,226.
Race and Ethnicity
• White: 75.7%
• Black: 18.3%
• Asian: 5.8%
• Hispanic: 7.3%
• Two or more races: 3.7%
• Other: 3.4%
Registered Voters and Turnout
A little more than a third (35 percent) of Burlington County’s registered voters are Democrats, 24 percent are Republicans and 41 percent are Unaffiliated. In both 2012 and 2016, Burlington County’s voter turnout (75 and 72 percent) was higher than the regions and New Jersey. The 2012 voter turnout in South Jersey and New Jersey was 67%, while the 2016 turnout was 68 and 69 percent, respectively.
Highest Level of Educational Attainment (people 25 years or older)
• Non High School Graduated: 4.0%
• High School Graduate: 28.9%
• Some College, No Degree: 20.0%
• Associate’s Degree: 8.6%
• Bachelor’s Degree: 24.1%
• Graduated or Professional Degree: 12.1%
Projected Employment Change by Sector, 2014-2024 (percent change)
• Management of Companies and Enterprises: 36.8%
• Construction: 18.2%
• Health care and Social Services: 17.3%
• Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation: 13.2%
• Information: -25.2%percent
• Utilities: -5.9%
• Government: -5.3%
• Manufacturing: -4.5%
Burlington County’s unemployment rate has seen a steady decline between 2014 and 2016, decreasing from 6.4 to 3.6 percent. Comparably, the downward trend in unemployment rates matches that of the region (8.0% to 4.9%), New Jersey (6.7% to 4.1%), and the nation (6.2% to 4.9%). Burlington County’s unemployment rate was lower than the region and New Jersey’s from 2014 to 2016.
The poverty rate in Burlington County has dropped from 15.0 percent in 2013 to 13.2 percent in 2015. Despite the improvement, it has remained in the double digits from 2013 to 2015 and higher than the respective rates for the region and the state overall (12.1 to 11.0 percent, and 11.4 to 10.8 percent).
Median Household Income (in current dollars)
The median household income for Burlington County has increased between 2013 and 2015. The median household income in 2013 was $77,398 and increased to $80,896 in 2014. In 2015, the county saw a substantial drop to $74,800. Burlington County’s median household income from 2013 to 2015 outpaced the average South Jersey county ($60,949, 62,689, and 64,059), and the state of New Jersey ($70,165, $71.919, and $72,222).
In 2014, Burlington County outperformed the state in nonviolent (15 to 17), violent (2 to 3, and total crime rates (16.7 to 20).
In 2015, Burlington County had a disproportionate share of non-residential parcel value as a percentage of the total land value than the average New Jersey county (19.8 compared to only 4.2 percent).
Housing Affordability (paying 30% or more of income on housing cost)
In 2015, 40.1 percent of homeowners in Burlington County and the region lived in housing that was unaffordable, lower than the 43.6 percent of homeowners across the state. The percentage of renters who paid 30 percent or more of their income on housing cost was 53.3 percent, lower than the region (55.8 percent) and the state (53.9 percent).
As of April 2016, the foreclosure rate in Burlington County was 2.8 percent, higher than both the region (2.7 percent) and the state (2.5 percent).
Median Housing Value
The median housing value in Burlington County was $244,500 in 2013 and dropped to $241,000 in 2014 before increasing to a 3-year high of $246,300 the following year. In 2013 the average median housing value of South Jersey counties was $221,313 and dropped to $220,463 the next year before increasing to $225,725 in 2015. The median housing value in New Jersey increased every year between 2013 and 2015 ($307,700, $313,200, and $322,600) and is much higher than both Burlington County and the region.
The average property tax paid in Burlington County was $6,254.06 in 2013, and increased in 2014 to $6,288.88 and to 6,525.09 in 2015. The average property tax paid in the South Jersey region increased every year between 2013 and 2015 ($5,373.66, $5,534.44, and $5,662.40). The average paid in New Jersey in 2013 was $7,408.36, and increased to $7,592.25 in 2014 and $8,353.45 in 2015.
Burlington County has a 93 percent occupancy rate with 77 percent of its unit’s owner-occupied and 24 percent renter-occupied.
Kids Count Rankings
From 2015 to 2016 Burlington County rankings dropped from 5th to 6th in child poverty rate and from 7th to 18th in infant mortality rate among New Jersey counties. The county moved up from 16th to 15th in juvenile arrest rate and 10th to 9th in percentage of births to girls 10-19. Burlington County’s overall Kids Count ranking improved from 8th to 4th from 2013 to 2016.
County Health Rankings
Health Outcomes Rankings
In the category of Health Outcomes (based on variables used to determine length and quality of life), Burlington County was ranked 11th in both 2014 and 2015 before climbing to 9th in 2016.
Health Factors Rankings
In the category of Health Factors (based on variables used to determine health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environment), Burlington County was ranked 7th from 2014 to 2016.
Social and Economic Factors Rankings
In the category of Social and Economic Factors (based on high school graduation, some college, unemployment, children in poverty, income inequality, children in single-parent households, social association, violent crime, and injury deaths), Burlington County was ranked 7th in 2014, then dropped to 8th in 2015 before reclaiming its number 7 ranking in 2016.