New York has lost more residents to other states than its gained over the past year, the NY Daily News is reporting.
The New York newspaper attributed its information to Census data. But even with the loss of residents to other states, the state's population grew as a result of an influx of immigrants, according to the newspaper.
The state lost a net 190,508 people to other states in a 12-month period ending July 1, according to the newspaper. The loss accounted for a net outmigration over 1 million people since 2010. It marks the largest loss of any state, the newspaper reported, crediting a review by the Empire Center, a fiscal watchdog group.
"The stories continue to be a lack of economic opportunity upstate ... and downstate it's just cost," E.J. McMahon of the Empire Center said. "The city and downstate can't hold people because there's not enough affordable living."
But New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration took exception to his comments.
"This is why we remain the place that people from around the world come to live the American Dream, and quoting a conservative political pundit clearly is an attempt to politicize the issue, which is unproductive," said Cuomo's budget spokesman Morris Peters.
The figures show the state's population grew to 19.85 million in 2016-17 — up just 13,113 from the previous year. The Daily News said the increase was due to 130,411 immigrants who came to the state and 73,090 more births than deaths in New York.
No information was available to show which states New Yorkers moved to.
The state has an older population, the Democrat and Chronicle newspaper in Rochester noted.
New York's population of those under 18 fell 3.9 percent between 2010 and 2017, compared with a 0.7 percent decline in the national rate, the newspaper said.
"This trend is symptomatic of an aging population and is in part due to aging of the baby boomer generation and the relatively larger proportion of older persons in the state," said Jan Vink, a researcher at the Cornell Program on Applied Demographics.
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