Census shows New York City population hits a new high

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The numbers showed that more than 8.4 million people are calling the city home these days, a jump from what the Census reported in 2010 — a 2.8 spike within two years.
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If New York City’s streets and trains seem more crowded, it’s because they are.

The latest numbers from the a U.S. Census Bureau released on Thursday show that every borough saw a bump in the population.

Overall, the numbers revealed that more than 8.4 million people are calling the city home these days, a 2.8 percent spike since the 2010 Census.

City officials attribute the growth to people continued to move in to and staying in the city, as well as a “surplus of births over deaths.”

The ever-popular borough of Brooklyn saw the most dramatic jump, almost a 3.5 percent increase since 2010. Queens also saw an almost 3 percent increase in its population while Manhattan grew by 2.5 percent.

The Bronx followed suit, with about 2.4 percent in growth. Staten Island saw a slight hike with a 0.8 percent population increase.

Regardless of each borough’s latest headcount, the New York City Planning Commission indicated the numbers prove the need for action on the city’s housing policies.

“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,” planning commission Chairman Carl Weisbrod said in a statement.

The new numbers come after former Mayor Michael Bloomberg criticized and appealed the U.S. Census Bureau’s tabulations in 2010, which Bloomberg then said undercounted the city’s population by a few hundred thousand residents.

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