|Source: Chart by CityEconomist based on initial assessments from FEMA|
and county population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau as of
July 1, 2011.
But relative to their populations, Cape May is the hardest hit of all the New Jersey counties, with nearly 74 homes damaged per 1,000 population, ahead of Ocean County with 69 homes and Atlantic County with 37.
Monmouth County is next with 16 homes damaged per 1,000 population, Hudson County with nearly 4 homes per 1,000 population, Bergen County rounded to 2 homes and Middlesex County to 1.
These seven counties are the only ones with a number that rounds to 1 or more. Every one of these hard-hit counties is on the Atlantic Coast.
(John Tepper Marlin is Chief Economist for the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. His views expressed on the CityEconomist blog are personal and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NJISJ. Permission to post charts from this blog on Hurricane Sandy is granted on condition that they are attributed to CityEconomist.)