Estimates released by U.S. Census Bureau
New York is leading the way in a massive population drop as more people flee the Empire State than any other state in the country.
The U.S. Census Bureau released the shocking estimate figures on Tuesday.
According to preliminary figures between July 2019 and July 2020, 126,355 people left New York as the city saw a dip of 0.65 percent.
Although New York has been losing locals since 2016, it saw its most significant drop in the last few years.
New York also saw the nation’s highest population decline, with the Big Apple being followed by:
- Illinois with a 0.63 percent dip
- Hawaii with 0.61 percent
- West Virginia with 0.58 percent
The official 2020 Census results will be released next year, along with a new legislative map.
Earlier this year, Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo pleaded with wealthy former residents of New York City to return as the state reels from the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.
“I literally talk to people all day long who are now in their Hamptons house who also lived here, or in their Hudson Valley house, or in their Connecticut weekend house, and I say, ‘You got to come back!’” Cuomo told reporters.
“‘We’ll go to dinner! I’ll buy you a drink! Come over, I’ll cook!’”
The national headcount defines how the 435 seats in the House of Representatives are divided between the 50 states based on the population changes recorded.
According to an analysis by William Frey, chief demographer for the Brookings Institution, New York could lose one seat, dropping to 26.
This could leave New York with fewer seats than Florida for the first time ever, the report said.
Figures from the Census Bureau revealed the US population grew at the lowest rate in at least 120 years from 2019 to 2020.
The trend has been attributed to the toll of the coronavirus pandemic, according to demographers.
Frey highlighted that 322,000 American lives lost to COVID-19 since March could also be affecting figures.
“I think it’s a first glimpse of where we may be heading as far as low population growth,” Frey told The Associated Press.
“It’s telling you that this is having an impact on the population.”