New York State ranked 47 out of 51 for population growth between mid-2006 and mid-2007, adding an estimated 15,741 people to its ranks, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The Census numbers, slated for release today, put New York in the company of other Northeastern and formerly industrial-dependent states, barely adding population as states in warmer climates, such as Nevada, Utah, and Georgia, flourish. The pace of growth here has been so slow that it appears Florida, which had less than 10 million people about a quarter decade ago, is creeping up on the Empire State, with an estimated 18.25 million to New York’s 19.28 million.
The Bloomberg administration has based much of its development policy agenda on the notion that the city’s population will swell another million people to 9 million by 2030, suggesting the need for substantial infrastructure improvements and millions of square feet of new residential and commercial buildings.
Of course, these statewide numbers offer little insight into what’s going on in the five boroughs—much of upstate New York has been losing population for years—though the Census estimates have in recent years shown the city to be growing at a much slower rate than the Bloomberg administration believes. For the past four years, the city has successfully challenged the figures, revising the estimates to show growth.