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Zack Hutchins
Director of Communications

December 22, 2005

New York lost population in most recent count, Census Bureau says

New York's population declined slightly from 2004 to 2005, as residents continued moving out of the Empire State, new population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show.

As of July 1, 2005, New York's population was an estimated 19,254,630, the Census Bureau said. That represented a loss of some 26,000 residents, or just over 0.1 percent, from the 2004 estimate. New York was second-last among the states in population change. Massachusetts experienced a slightly larger decline, while Rhode Island lost a slightly smaller percentage of its residents than New York. The other 47 states gained population.

New York remained third among the 50 states in the latest population estimates. The two largest states, California and Texas, each added several hundred thousand residents, as did fourth-ranking Florida. Other northern, industrial states such as Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania grew slightly. The nation's overall population rose 0.9 percent to 296,410,404, according to the Census Bureau.

From April 2000 through July 2005, more than 1 million New Yorkers moved to other states, the Census Bureau said. No other state came close to New York's domestic loss of residents during the period. California, with a population more than three-quarters larger than New York's, ranked second-highest in such outmigration at 664,000.

Immigrants from other countries continued to bolster New York State's population. The state added an estimated 667,000 new residents via immigration from 2000 to 2005, including 108,811 during the most recent year.

As of July 2005, New York's population was just under 6.5 percent of the nation's. If population trends for the first half of the decade continue through 2010, the state will likely lose another two seats in the House of Representatives after the next decennial census.

The new Census Bureau data are available at www.census.gov/popest.