New York state saw nation's biggest population decline in last year: census

Source: The Hill | December 23, 2020 | Cameron Jenkins

New York state has endured the nation’s largest population decline in the last year, according to new estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Figures show there were 126,300 fewer New York residents in July, compared to one year earlier, signifying a drop of nearly 0.65 percent. Illinois trailed New York with a 0.63 percent population decline and Hawaii and West Virginia followed with 0.61 percent and 0.58 percent drops, respectively.

The Census Bureau released its estimates based on 2010’s numbers — the numbers for 2020 will be released next year.

With the new numbers, New York could potentially lose one seat in the House of Representatives, dropping to 26, according to analysis conducted by The New York Times.

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