NYC Population Dips First Time in Decade… Chicago Still Losing People… Central Florida Cities Among Fastest Growing

New York City’s Population Dips for First Time in Over a Decade

Only Staten Island, among the five boroughs, had small gains

The nation’s largest city is losing population for the first time in more than a decade, new federal estimates show.

International migration into New York City’s five boroughs tapered off, as more residents left, shrinking the city’s population in 2017 and 2018, according to U.S. Census Bureau numbers released Thursday.

New York’s population dropped 0.47% to 8.4 million by July 2018, compared with the previous year. Census officials previously estimated that New York’s population grew by about 7,000 in 2017, but revised figures show it actually dipped by about 38,000, a 0.45% decline from the prior year.

Officials with New York City’s Department of City Planning said it appeared that the city’s robust population expansion, fueled by new young residents, in the past decade appears to have begun its inevitable slowdown. Overall, the number of residents in the five boroughs grew by 2.7% from 2010 to 2018.

“You cannot maintain that level of growth forever,” said Joseph Salvo, city planning’s chief demographer.

Net migration, the sum of all people moving in and out of the city, has also decreased in recent years. In 2011, that number increased by about 14,300, a reversal of a decadeslong downward trend. That number began to fall again in 2013 and shrank by about 87,000 in 2018, as the city reverted back to its previous trend, city planning officials said.

A few other major metro areas in the U.S. also reported declines. The Los Angeles metro area shrank by 0.1%, and Chicago declined by 0.2%. Pittsburgh and Cleveland also showed similar drop-offs.

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The metro area fell below 9.5 million for the first time since 2010. The nation’s two biggest cities, New York and Los Angeles, also slipped last year.

The Chicago area’s population declined for the fourth year in a row in 2018, according to the latest Census Bureau estimates.

There were 22,000 fewer residents in the 14-county metro area than in 2017, a drop of 0.2 percent, and the first time since 2010 that the area’s population has slipped below 9.5 million people. Cook County, which accounts for 55 percent of the population in the metro area, lost 24,000 residents. DuPage and Lake counties, the second- and third-largest, respectively, each lost about 2,000 residents. The exurbs of Will, Kane and Kendall counties saw modest growth of fewer than 2,000 residents each.

New York City and Los Angeles also declined last year, at 0.1 percent each, according to Census Bureau estimates. Cook County’s 0.5 percent decline was equal to the five counties that make up New York City. Los Angeles County declined 0.1 percent.

“Domestic migration to urban core counties is slowing,” says Kenneth Johnson, a demographer at the University of New Hampshire. “When the economy was down—through 2014—urban cores were holding onto more of their domestic migrants. That’s changing now.

Central Florida cities among fastest growing in US

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — When it came to population growth last year, cities in central Florida grew by stadiums.

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Metro Orlando grew by 60,000 residents last year, almost as large as the number of people who can fit into the city’s Camping World Stadium, where college football bowl teams face off each winter.

The Tampa area grew last year by 51,000 residents, more than the number of fans who can fit into Tropicana Field, where the city’s Tampa Bay Rays play baseball.

Growth from mid-2017 to mid-2018 propelled these two metropolises into the top tier of the nation’s fastest growing metro areas, according to figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Only Texas grew by more people than Florida last year, and the addition of tens of thousands of new residents to central Florida cities will increase the importance next election of the Interstate 4 corridor, already the swingiest part of the nation’s biggest swing state. That explosive growth also helps Florida’s chances of getting additional congressional seats — and presidential electors — after the 2020 census.


Homeless surge at San Fran airport…

 – San Francisco is struggling with a surge of homeless people seeking shelter inside San Francisco International Airport.

San Francisco International Airport welcomes the world to the City by the Bay, but the airport said homeless people have discovered the airport as a temporary shelter; especially in the early morning hours after the last BART train has pulled into the airport. An airport official said they’re working on a short term and long-term solution

Officials said their contacts with homeless people has surged; the airport already working to get them move along.


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