NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Brooklyn is leading the population explosion in New York City, which has reached its highest level since 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 about 8.34 million, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

As WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the news should come as no surprise.

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

Bloomberg said the numbers validate all his administration has done to make New York City a more livable place. The increase can also be attributed to a growing gap between births and deaths as life expectancy increases, he said.

“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 last week.

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.

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