Those who said New York City was in decline were wrong. The United States Census Bureau published the first results of the 2020 census, indicating that the Big Apple increased its population growth reaching 8.8 million inhabitants.
Despite the fear generated by former President Trump about whether or not to fill the census last year, the Census Bureau detailed this Thursday that during the last 10 years thousands of people arrived in New York City, a record number that exceeds to any other city in the country.
More than 629,000 people arrived in the most diverse city in the world, of the 8,175 million measured in 2010, despite the fact that during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic thousands of people left the city to avoid any contagion.
“The Big Apple got bigger!” Mayor Bill de Blasio wrote on his Twitter account , praising the Planning Department’s effort to carry out outreach campaigns and reach every corner of the city.
“This number will ensure that our city gets the federal resources we need to keep moving forward,” the brief adds. Attributing that “this is what happens when you invest in pre-kindergarten for all, safe streets and working families.”
The imposing city of New York will continue to boast the name of the largest metropolis in the country due to its population demographic growth published by officials, according to census data.
“I think the magnitude of the increase was extremely impressive and bodes well for the growth and strength of New York,” said Steven Romalewski, director of the CUNY Graduate Center’s mapping service.
Donald Trump repeatedly argued that New York City was running empty “like never before,” but the census data contrasts with his unsubstantiated descriptions.
“Many people were concerned that there had been a population exodus. And clearly that is not the case. The population of New York City during the pandemic was especially difficult to count, and people were very concerned that there was a grossly undercount, ”explained Steven Romalewski.
Among the top 10 cities that experienced growth are Houston with 205,000, Los Angeles 106,000 and Dallas 107,000 people.
In the north of the country within this top 10, is Philadelphia with 78,000 while the city of Chicago added 54,000 new residents to its population growth.
A publication from the New York City Planning Department , which provides data to the Census Bureau, explained that during the four years leading up to the 2020 Census, it added 265,000 housing units that were missing from the Census Bureau’s list.
“This allowed the Census Bureau to list half a million people who would have otherwise been lost,” said Arun Peter Lobo, New York City’s chief demographer. “Because we told them exactly where to go.”
None of the cities mentioned above came close to beating New York City, which received people within all 5 boroughs.
With its iconic attractions, Brooklyn County was the fastest growing county, raising its numbers to 231,374 residents over the past decade.
New York City’s most diverse county, Queens, ranks second with 174,742 people. While Staten Island was the slowest growing, adding 27,017 people.
2020 Population Breakdown by County:
– Brooklyn: 2.7 million (+ 9.2%)
– The Bronx: 1.5 million (+ 6.3%)
– Manhattan: 1.7 million (+ 6.8%)
– Queens: 2.4 million (+ 7.8%)
– Staten Island: 496,000 (+ 5.8%)
– City total: 8.8 million (+ 7.7%)
With the new census figures, New York City now represents nearly 44 percent of the state’s total population.