For the first time ever, the amount of babies born to Lakewood mothers in one year crossed the 5,000 mark, according to newly released data.
A total of 5,261 children were born in Lakewood, the state’s fastest growing municipality, in 2021 – a 7.1% increase over 2020, when 4,913 children were born in the township.
Although the data cannot be broken down by religion, they can be sorted by race.
Of the 5,263 children born in Lakewood, 4,908 were to mothers who identify as white and non-Hispanic – up from the 4,503 born to the same demographic in 2020.
According to the information, of the 5,251 students ages K-12 currently enrolled in the Lakewood Public School system, only 6% are white, non Hispanic.
The data also shows, as first revealed by TLS last year, that the ratio of boys to girls continues to outpace global trends, though it did slow down slightly in 2021.
Included in the 4,908 white, non Hispanic children born in Lakewood, were 2,530 boys and 2,378 girls – 152 more boys than girls.
For every single year for the past 31 years, there have been more boys being born to the Jewish community in Lakewood than girls, leading many to point out that the “age-gap” issue when it comes to Shidduchim may seem to be correcting itself.
According to those opposed to the “age gap” theory, if a few hundred more boys than girls are born each year, that means that there will be around as many 22-year-old boys “on the market” as there are girls who are 19 and “on the market.”
A response to that argument was published last year on TLS and can be read here.
(NOTE: TLS is in no way taking a position one way or the other when it comes to the “Shidduch Crisis.” TLS is simply presenting the data, and if readers would like to extrapolate statistics in favor of their position, they are welcomed and encouraged to respectfully reply in the comment section.)