When it comes to towns with decreasing population in New Jersey, Atlantic County has the market cornered, with six of the top ten "shrinking towns" in the state.

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In data analyzed by NJ.com, Atlantic County has the top four towns in decreasing populations in New Jersey over the past five years, three of which are shore towns on Absecon Island. Of course, these populations numbers are year-round numbers.

While this information is interesting and shows a definite longtime trend, I wonder how the events of the last year may change this decreasing population shift.

We will have to wait to see what impact the coronavirus-inspired trend of people from metropolitan areas around New York and Philadelphia moving to South Jersey shore towns has on local populations.

Here are the Atlantic County towns in the top ten on New Jersey's Fastest Shrinking Towns list.

#10-  Port Republic:

2014 population: 1100

2019 population: 1052  4.36% drop

#8 Somers Point:

2014 population: 10,651

2019 population: 10,174  4.48% drop

#4 Buena:

2014 population: 4511

2019 population: 4284  5.03% drop

# 3 Margate:

2014 population: 6200

2019 population: 5865  5.4% drop

#2: Ventnor:

2014 population 10,466

2019 population: 9895   5.46% drop

#1 Brigantine:

2014: 9196

2019 population: 8650   5.94%

Source: NJ.com

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