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New York City’s Population Reaches All-Time High

Empire State Building (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Empire State Building (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New York City is growing.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Thursday that more people are moving to the city than are moving out for the first time since before 1950.

The city’s population increased by 161,564 since 2010 – about two percent in two years — bringing the total population to an all-time record high of over 8.3 million, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

“We have many indicators of quality of life in the city – record low crime, record high tourism, record high life expectancy, record high graduation rates, record job growth and more – but there’s no better indication of the strength of our city than a record high population and a net population influx. People are voting with their feet,” Bloomberg said in a statement.

The increase in population is thanks to more people moving in, less people moving out, as well as “the continued growth in the surplus of births over deaths due to life expectancy in the city reaching new record highs,” Bloomberg said.

Bloomberg said Brooklyn is leading the population explosion.

“Now that won’t come as much news to the riders of the L subway line,” Bloomberg said. “For the record, by percentage increase, Brooklyn’s population jump is followed by increases, in descending order, in Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island.”

He said the numbers validate all his administration has done to make New York City a more livable place.