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March 14, 2013

The “Empire Exodus” continues

E.J. McMahon

Fifty-seven of New York’s 62 counties lost more residents to other parts of the state or the nation than they gained between 2010 and 2012, according to newly released U.S. Census estimates. Eleven of those counties might be described as demographically dying: they not only had more people move out than in, but they recorded more deaths than births.

During the same period, a total of 224,468 more residents moved out of New York than moved in from other states, by far the nation’s largest net domestic migration loss. This builds on a long-term trend. Measured as a percentage of 2010 population, New York’s net domestic out-migration rate of 1.16 percent between 2010 and 2012 was fourth highest of any state’s, after Rhode Island (1.26 percent), Illinois (1.22 percent) and New Jersey (1.16 percent). Thanks to an influx of foreign immigrants and a net surplus of births over deaths, New York State’s total population grew by 192,157, or about 1 percent, while the nation’s estimated population was growing 1.7 percent during the period.

Here’s a list of domestic migration changes for New York counties, ranked starting with counties that lost the most. The counties highlighted in yellow also had more deaths than births.

Ten of the counties on the list gained enough foreign immigrants to achieve a net positive migration, counting both foreign and domestic moves. Those counties included three of five New York City boroughs, excluding only the Bronx and Staten Island (Richmond County), as well as the counties of Albany, Erie, Franklin, Nassau, Rockland, Tompkins and Westchester.

Some of the biggest net migration losers include Schoharie, Sullivan, Broome, Orange and Greene counties, all of which sustained major damage from Hurricane Irene in the fall of 2011. But some of these counties — most notably Orange — also have a healthy excess of births over deaths.

The table below shows total population change by New York county between 2010 and 2012. Thirty-five counties lost population; the biggest losers, in percentage terms, were flood-ravaged Schoharie and Delaware counties, while the biggest gainers were Kings (the borough of Brooklyn) and Jefferson.

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  1. Thank You Gov. Cuomo And All Democrats !!! Will The Last Democrat Still Abusing The Taxpayer; Please, Turn OFF The Lights !!!

    Comment by eatingdogfood — March 14, 2013 @ 1:53 pm

  2. Yep, between Cuomo and Bloomberg,people can’t get out of the state fast enough. Ridiculously high taxes as well as unconstitutional restrictions on weapons, magazines, sodas, salt and who knows what else will be targeted, make New Yorkers realize there is freedom to be gained by relocating to another state. The only reason Jefferson County is holding its own is because of Fort Drum, which may be in peril due to Obama’s full frontal assault on the military. At least we still have the Correctional Facilities, which, thankfully, do not house significant numbers of illegal aliens which would soon be released by direction of the DHS.
    Should these supports to our economy fail, last one to leave, please turn out the lights….

    Comment by RSMonaLisa — March 14, 2013 @ 4:38 pm

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  4. New York has lost 12 Congressional Seats since 1980. Texas Gained 4 Congressional Seats in the 2012 Election Cycle !!! Last One Out Is A Rotten Egg !!!

    Comment by eatingdogfood — March 15, 2013 @ 8:55 am

  5. Have you noticed that the states with the greatest economic burdens, highest taxes, most welfare/medicade and most stiffling beaucracies are in the liberal northeast with the highest union membership (NY leads here naturally) and highest property/school taxes? The most progressive sates have right to work laws - attracting the most jobs, have the most reasonable taxes and cost of living, and the most genuinely nicest people. (hint: not in the northeast). Our political incumbancy reelection rate is in the high 90% range. See any correlations yet?

    Comment by Roy Thomas — March 21, 2013 @ 11:47 am

  6. I sympathize if you live in NY. You can probably thank Cuomo and Bloomberg for the population exodus.

    Comment by Jonathan Gillispie — March 24, 2013 @ 9:38 pm

  7. I’m an upstate NY native and I’ve lived out of state since I was 18… I’m now 28. Whenever I think about how cool it would be to move back and live there as a working adult I read articles like this and it gives me a reality check. Thanks for everything Democrats.

    Comment by Josh — April 25, 2013 @ 6:45 am

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