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For Immediate Release
March 24, 2016

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City’s Population Has Grown to an All-Time Record of 8,550,405 According to Latest U.S. Census Population Estimates

March 24, 2016 - U.S. Census Bureau estimates released today show that New York City’s population has hit an all-time record high of 8,550,405. The city’s population increased by 375,000 residents or about 4.6 percent over the 2010 mark, based on estimates of the population as of July, 2015. The increase is fueled by a continued surplus of births over deaths, people continuing to move to the city, and a decline in the number of people leaving the city.

Each of the city’s five boroughs registered gains in population. Brooklyn saw the largest increase, up 5.3 percent or 132,000 persons, followed by the Bronx (5.1 percent or 70,300 persons), Queens (4.9 percent or 108,400 persons), and Manhattan (3.7 percent or 58,600 persons). Staten Island (1.2 percent or 5,800 persons) showed the smallest gains over the 63 month period. The increase for the Bronx brings it close to its historical high, achieved in 1970, when the population of the borough was 1.472 million.

“This is in many respects, the best of times. The City is at an all-time high in population and it’s at an all-high time in jobs. It’s one of the drivers that makes the housing program so important,” New York City Planning Commission Chairman Carl Weisbrod said. “We’ve always been an extraordinarily welcoming city of people from all over the world and from all over the United States, but we also recognize the need to house our next generation and our growing senior population.”

Since the 2010 Census, New York City has been responsible for 90 percent of the growth in New York State, with its relative share of the State’s population rising from 42.2 percent to 43.2 percent in 2015. The data show that “net migration” to the city was positive for the 2010-2015 period, meaning that more people are coming to New York City than leaving it. The city gains almost 50,000 person through migration, with net losses through domestic migration more than offset by net inflows of international migrants. Queens and Manhattan showed the largest gains through migration, while Staten Island actually showed a modest loss through migration over the period.

Change in Population - April 2010 to July 2015

The Census Bureau’s estimates are prepared using a combination of administrative records from vital statistics, tax returns, and Medicare, along with data from the American Community Survey.

Based on an analysis of the City’s long-term growth potential, City Planning demographers are projecting that its population will cross the 9 million mark by 2040.

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