NYC Sees Drop In Population For First Time In More Than A Decade

April 18, 2019 - 12:18 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- For the first time in more than a decade, New York City saw a drop in population.

New numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau show the city's population last year dipped by about half a percent to 8.4 million people.

The culprit? A decline in the number of people moving into New York from out of the country.

Staten Island was the only borough that saw a population increase in 2018.

The state's population also went down, falling more than 48,000 between July 1, 2017 and July 1, 2018, to a total of 19.5 million.

A continued decline could cost New York up to two congressional seats when U.S. House seats are reapportioned following the 2020 census.