NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The United States Census Bureau released an estimate Thursday that shows New York City’s population has hit an all-time record high of 8,405,837 people.

“We know the population is growing. But to be honest this growth has even exceeded our expectations,” Joseph Salvo told WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb.

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Salvo is the director of the population division at New York City’s Department of Planning.

“What’s interesting is that the flow of people, young people, young educated people from the rest of the country has actually increased in these difficult economic times,” Salvo added.

He credits the broad range of opportunities, saying it’s jobs and the cache of living in New York that is drawing the big numbers.

Ana-Maria Garcia, a data dissemination specialist with the New York Region of the U.S. Census Bureau, says the outer boroughs of New York City as well as Westchester County are growing faster than Manhattan, 1010 WINS reported.

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“If you look at it in terms of numerical growth, Kings County added 23,714 people. And Kings County was followed by Queens County, Bronx County, Westchester County, and then New York County/Manhattan,” Garcia said.

Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx rounded out the top three growing counties in the entire state of New York, Garcia said.

Almost 2.6 million people call Brooklyn home, Garcia told 1010 WINS.

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