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June 21, 2006

Most cities in New York continue losing population, Census Bureau reports

Most cities in New York State have lost population in the last five years, with especially large declines in major Upstate cities, the U.S. Census Bureau reported.

Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse lost population, around 4 percent in each city, during the year ending July 1, 2005. All three cities have lost population each year since the last nationwide census in 2000, according to the bureau.

The new data appear in the Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places. Among 61 cities in New York, 42 lost population from 2000 to 2005.

Twenty-six counties in New York have lost residents so far this decade, according to the new report. In Erie and Broome counties, the number of residents dropped both in the central cities of Buffalo and Binghamton, and in surrounding municipalities within the county.

Nationwide, nearly three-quarters of municipalities with more than 100,000 residents saw at least modest population growth from 2000 to 2005. Buffalo ranked 244th among those 254 localities in population change during the first half of the decade, while Rochester and Syracuse were 241st and 239th, respectively.

Some older, Northeastern cities are adding population. Worcester, Mass., and Providence, R.I., each added more than 3,000 residents in the last five years. New Haven and Allentown, Pa., showed smaller gains.

The new Census data are available at www.census.gov.

Cities in New York, Population Above 25,000
Population July, 2005
Change from 2000
New York City
8,143,197
1.7%
Buffalo
279,745
-4.4%
Rochester
211,091
-4.0%
Yonkers
196,425
0.2%
Syracuse
141,683
-3.8%
Albany
93,523
-2.2%
New Rochelle
72,967
1.1%
Mount Vernon
67,924
-0.7%
Schenectady
61,280
-0.9%
Utica
59,336
-2.2%
White Plains
56,733
6.9%
Niagara Falls
52,866
-4.9%
Troy
48,310
-1.7%
Binghamton
45,492
-4.0%
Long Beach
35,336
-0.4%
Rome
34,344
-1.7%
North Tonawanda
32,072
-3.6%
Jamestown
30,381
-4.3%
Poughkeepsie
30,355
1.6%
Elmira
29,928
-3.3%
Ithaca
29,766
1.6%
Newburgh
28,548
1.0%
Saratoga Springs
28,036
7.1%
Auburn
27,941
-2.2%
Watertown
27,220
1.9%
Glen Cove
26,633
0.0%
Middletown
26,067
2.7%