More Move in Than Out of NYC; 1st Time in Decades
For the first time in more than 60 years, more people moved into New York City than out last year, a turnaround that tracks changing attitudes about the nation’s biggest city and urban living more broadly, officials and researchers said Thursday.
The net influx - about 12,000 people - is a small piece of the city’s overall growth to a record high population of more than 8.3 million, according to census estimates released Thursday. But the statistic helps encapsulate New York’s rebound from a decline that began after World War II and hit a nadir in the 1970s here and in many other big American cities.
It "reverses a trend that has been a fact of life for decades and that a number of pundits have talked about when they predicted the end of New York City," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday. "People vote with their feet. In the end, that’s what really matters."
The city’s population has grown by more than 161,500 people since 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated. The increase is more than the entire population of Kansas City, Kan.; Savannah, Ga., or Hartford, Conn.
Mostly, New York City’s growth is due to a widening gap between the numbers of births and deaths as life expectancy increases, according to city planners’ analysis of the census estimates. But an influx of foreign immigrants in the last two years also played a role by outdistancing the number of New Yorkers who left town.
The data released Thursday don’t show where the immigrants are coming from, but other data provide some clues, said Joseph Salvo, the city’s chief demographer.
The city’s Asian population has increased by about 30 percent over the last decade, largely due to growth in its Chinese, Indian and Bangladeshi populations, city planners said. And the already large Hispanic population has grown by about 8 percent.
Brooklyn saw the biggest growth among the city’s five boroughs, gaining more than 60,000 residents, as people flocked to a borough increasingly seen as having all the cachet of Manhattan - if not more - with less of the cost.