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The Empire

New York continues population drain: Empire Center

The Empire Center's EJ McMahon and Robert Scardamalia released a new report today on New York's continued population loss. Among the report's findings:

  • Since 1960, New York has lost 7.3 million residents to the rest of the country.  This was partially offset by an influx of 4.8 million foreign immigrants, resulting in a net decline of 2.5 million residents.
  • New York’s average annual domestic migration loss – the difference between people moving in from other states and out to other states -- jumped from about 60,000 people in the 1960s to an all-time high of nearly 237,000 in the 1970s.  The state’s domestic migration outflows have averaged between 130,000 and 160,000 a year since 1980.
  • For a second consecutive decade, New York’s net population loss due to domestic migration was the highest of any state as a percentage of population.
  • New York’s net migration loss – the sum of domestic and foreign migration – increased over the last decade to its highest levelsince the 1970s. Thirteen states had negative net migration between 2000 and 2010, and only three (Illinois, Louisiana and Michigan) lost a bigger share of their populations to migration than New York.