Census Finds New York City Metro Area Growing

March 27, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

NEW YORK—According to a recent Census Bureau report, the New York metro remains the most populous metropolitan area in the country with 19.9 million residents.

The population of the New York Metropolitan Area increased second most among metropolitan areas between July 1, 2012 and July 1, 2013. The area saw an increase of 111,749 new inhabitants.

New York City, Newark and Jersey City, N.J., and parts of Pennsylvania comprise the area included in the census report.

Growth in Brooklyn

Among New York City’s five boroughs, Brooklyn took the spotlight for the greatest growth. The number of residents shot up by 10,000 in downtown Brooklyn over the last decade.

Tucker Reed, president of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, a nonprofit development corporation promoting business and culture in the community, said that Brooklyn was able to add many residential units with rezoning.

“Over the past 10 years there were about 5,000 residential units added in the area,” Reed said. This is supported by the 15 bus lines and 13 subway lines that run through downtown Brooklyn.

“Brooklyn is a very desirable place to be now. [It] has become a global brand,” Reed said. The city expects an additional 6,000 people over the next 16 years, according to Reed. This will help the local businesses, but will strain the city’s aging infrastructure.

“We need to be building around 3,000 units per month, citywide,” Reed said.

The rest of Brooklyn’s neighborhoods are generally two- or three-story buildings and are not able to support greater density.

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