Report shows New York had largest population decline over past year

by Jenny Mount · Dec 23rd, 2020 3:44 pm

Last Updated Dec 24th, 2020 at 5:21 pm

The U.S. Census Bureau released estimates that show more residents left New York than any other state over the last year.

More than 126,000 people left New York between July 2019 and July 2020. Even though New York has been losing residents since 2016, the most recent drop was significantly larger.

If the numbers hold, New York could lose one seat in the House of Representatives, dropping to 26 and leaving New York with fewer seats than Florida for the first time ever.

The U.S. population grew at the smallest rate in 120 years from 2019 to 2020, which demographers attribute to the coronavirus pandemic.

"I think it's a first glimpse of where we may be heading as far as low population growth," said William Frey, chief demographer for the Brookings Institution. "It's telling you that this is having an impact on population."


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