Population

2020 Census

New York City’s official population stands at approximately 8,400,000, an increase of nearly 224,000 persons since the 2010 Census.

To understand our city’s population, Department of City Planning (DCP) demographers and geographers compile, analyze and disseminate data produced by the U.S. Census Bureau’s decennial (once-a-decade) census and its annual American Community Survey (ACS).

Why are these population data important? They are used to make a wide variety of determinations–such as where new jobs, medical facilities or school seats are needed, or which roads need regular repair due to heavy traffic. The data are used by government officials, community organizers, businesses and many others to make decisions and plan for the future.

What’s on Our Website

Visit Data for the U.S. Census Bureau’s decennial census and American Community Survey, as well as population estimates and projections.

Visit Resources for interactive data tools, publications and reports created by DCP specifically about NYC’s diverse population, as well as guidance on how to use and understand the data.

Our 2020 Census support page will help you understand how the census affects New York City and why it’s important to respond, as well as DCP’s role in ensuring that census addresses are accurate. You can also find 2010 participation rates and maps.

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Population Estimate (2018)

8.4 million in 2018

8.4 million in 2018

Projected Population Growth to 2040

Projected at 9 million in 2040

 


Projected at 9 million in 2040