For the first time in more than 60 years, more people moved into New York Citythan out last year, a turnaround that tracks changing attitudes about the nation’s biggest city and urban living more broadly, officials and researchers said Thursday.
The net influx — about 12,000 people — is a small piece of the city’s overall growth to a record high population of more than 8.3 million, according to census estimates released Thursday. But the statistic helps encapsulate New York’s rebound from a decline that began after World War II and hit a nadir in the 1970s here and in many other big American cities.
It “reverses a trend that has been a fact of life for decades and that a number of pundits have talked about when they predicted the end of New York City,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday. “People vote with their feet. In the end, that’s what really matters.”
The city’s population has grown by more than 161,500 people since 2010, the U.S. Census Bureauestimated. The increase is more than the entire population of Kansas City, Kan.; Savannah, Ga., or Hartford, Conn.