NEW YORK—More than 160,000 new New Yorkers came into the city from 2000 through 2012, according to new figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.
The population of the city has risen 2 percent, with growth spread across the five boroughs. Brooklyn grew the most, adding more than 60,935 people.
The city’s planning department, though, noted that the increase “is probably overstated,” in a web posting.
“Brooklyn and Queens likely experienced an undercount in the 2010 Census, the result of misclassifying housing units as vacant,” it added. City officials believe the undercount missed about 65,000 people in the 2010 figures.
Still, every borough grew more per year from 2010 through 2012 compared to 2000 through 2010.
Most of the growth (149,300) came from more people being born than dying. Another 12,200 was added through positive net migration—more people moving into the city than moving out.
Further, the positive net migration came from 151,400 people moving into the city from overseas. Meanwhile, 139,200 persons moved out of New York City to other areas of the United States.
For the boroughs, the Bronx and Staten Island had a negative net migration.
Now New York City, as of July 2012, has 8.33 million residents, up from 8.17 million in April of 2010.
NYC Metro Area
The New York metro area is attracting thousands of people every month, but is still not growing as fast as several other areas in the country.
The Dallas-Forth Worth metro area (+131,879); the Houson metro area (+125,185); and the Los Angeles-Long Beach metro area (+107,781) all grew more from July 1, 2011, through July 1, 2012, according to new figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.
The New York-Newark-Jersey City metro area was fourth highest in growth, adding almost 102,000 more people. The area is still the most populous metro area in the country, with 19.8 million residents on July 1, 2012.