New York lost another 190,508 residents to other states during the year ending last July 1, bringing the state’s total domestic migration change since 2010 to a net loss of more than 1 million people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual population estimates.

The state’s “net domestic migration” loss in the latest 12-month period is roughly equal to the total for 2015-16. New York’s outflow of 1,022,071 people since the 2010 decennial census has exceeded any other state’s, both in absolute terms and as a share of population as measured by the 2010 census.

As of July 1, New York’s estimated population of 19,849,399 was up 13,113 from the previous year’s adjusted estimate. This reflected offsetting gains from foreign immigration, which added 130,411 residents to the state, and “natural increase” (births minus deaths), which added 73,090. Only California and Florida attracted more foreign immigrants than New York, and only California and Texas had higher natural gains.

The new data put New York further behind Florida, which gained another 327,811 residents in 2016-17. Texas, the second most populous state, led all states with a gain of 399,734 residents in that period. In percentage terms, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Washington and Florida topped the list for 2015-16 growth.

The chart below shows that New York has been losing residents to other states since at least 1961, the earliest year for which data are available. The 2010-17 loss of just over 1 million is actually less than the net migration outflow of nearly 1.6 million during the comparable period of 2000-07.

Six-year cumulative migration data for all states are detailed here.



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E.J. McMahon

Edmund J. McMahon is Empire Center's founder and a senior fellow.

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