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New York City population increases to all-time high

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New York City’s population has hit a record high of 8,405,837 people, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released today.

Since 2010, the city’s population increased by 230,704 residents, or 2.8 percent, based on estimates of the population as of last July.

Every borough experienced an increase in population. Both Queens and Staten Island recorded new population highs. Brooklyn experienced the largest change, with its population growing by 87,400 people, or 3.5 percent.

The population of Queens grew by 65,000 people, or 2.9 percent; Manhattan by 40,300 people, or 2.5 percent; the Bronx by 33,600 people, or 2.4 percent; and Staten Island by 3,900 people, or 0.8 percent.

“These population increases underscore the need to spur creation of housing for all New Yorkers, something which we are focusing on as part of the Mayor’s mandate to provide 200,000 affordable apartments over the next ten years,” New York City Planning Commission Chairman Carl Weisbrod said in a statement.

The announcement comes after New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced in a report earlier this month that income and housing costs tend to be more expensive in the New York City metropolitan area.

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