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05.07.15 Liam Mathews

It feels like the city is so crowded that there isn’t even room to breathe. You step out of your apartment into a swarm of people and you’re jostled and squeezed until you go to bed at night. You assume that now that New York is safe and formerly blighted neighborhoods are being repopulated, the […]

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03.26.15 Liam Mathews

New census estimates show small growth in New York City’s population last year, while a majority of upstate counties lost a small amount of population, WNYC reports. Combined estimates from New York City’s five counties indicate that the city’s population grew 0.62% percent between July 2013 and July 2014 to 8.49 million people. The city’s […]

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09.24.14 Rhett Jones

In the last 100 years, instances of people being packed into spaces like chickens awaiting slaughter have become dramatically less frequent. As the helpful chart above shows, the Lower East Side circa 1910 — New York’s most densely-populated area of all time — was occupied with 2400 people per 10,000 square meters. These days, the most densely populated residences […]

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04.03.14 Andy Cush

Tens of thousands of people move to NYC ever year. Between July 2012 and July 2013, in fact, there were 61,000 new New Yorkers. Where are all those people coming from? According to data from Spokeo, an online database of phone numbers, they’re mostly from Connecticut and Washington, D.C. The company used area codes to […]

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04.01.14 Andy Cush

Redditor dakisking created the above map, which charts the nations with a smaller population than the New York metro area (including Long Island and parts of Jersey, Connecticut, and the Hudson Valley). Those areas, together with the five boroughs, make for 19.9 million people in total, and a surprising number of countries don’t measure up. I’m […]

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03.27.14 Andy Cush

New York City’s population is the largest it’s ever been, according to forthcoming census data, topping 8.4 million for the first time in history. For decades, the city has lost more people to migration than it’s gained from immigration, but for the past three years, that trend has reversed. In the year between July of 2012 […]

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04.12.13 Andy Cush

On October 31, 2011, the Earth’s population hit a staggering 7 billion. To celebrate, the people at Worldometers created this site, which represents each of those individuals with a cute little icon. That’s a lot of cute little icons! Hover over a little guy and the site will tell you what number he is. According […]

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03.14.13 Andy Cush

I don’t know whether it’s the cheap hotels or the totalitarian landlords, the beautiful bathrooms or the ever-changing public art, but something about New York City seems to attract people! Crazy, right? And now, more than ever–for the first time in 60 years, more people are moving into NYC than out of it. Mayor Bloomberg, of […]

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12.06.12 Andy Cush

Did you move to New York City or were you born here? And if you moved, where did you end up living first? If you answered Midtown, Hell’s Kitchen, the East Village, or Morningside Heights, congratulations–you’re just like everyone else! A new interactive data map from WNYC, the kings of interactive data maps, plots the […]

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08.17.12 David Lumb

The Empire Center for New York State Policy, a fiscally conservative think tank, analyzed US census data and found that the median age outside NYC–a.k.a. the Hudson Valley and Long Island suburbs and upstate–is rising sharply as young adults flock to the city. The study found that the median age of those downstate suburbs rose […]

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