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 New York State suburbs; Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island; and Westchester and Rockland counties to the north also grew. Rockland’s 0.9% growth was the largest in the state, despite being the wackest of downstate counties.
Only 10 of the 51 upstate counties showed positive population growth. Saratoga County had the highest rate of 0.36%. Most counties posted population loss of just under 1%. Sullivan County had the highest rate of loss, shrinking 1.37% between 2013 and 2014. This is probably due to Sullivan County being a depressing place mostly populated by abandoned hotels.
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