New York City's population grew by more people than any other large municipality between 2012 and 2013, according to population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday.
The city gained 61,440 residents from July 1, 2012, and July 1, 2013, reaching a record population of 8.4 million people last year.
"The increase is fueled by people continuing to move to the city, a decline in the number of people leaving the city, as well as the continued surplus of births over deaths due to life expectancy in the city reaching new record highs," the city's Department of Planning said in a statement in March, when the city's new total population was initially released.
Though New York has seen the largest numerical increase in residents of all cities in recent years, Census data shows those gains are decreasing.
From July 1, 2011, to July 1, 2012, the city's population increased by 67,058 -- about 5,600 more people than the increase from 2012 to 2013.
While New York remains America's most populous city by a wide margin, cities in the South and West dominated the list of fastest-growing municipalities nationwide, according to the Census.
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