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Census: Westchester gets more international; Rockland has baby boom
Westchester is getting more international, while Rockland is having a baby boom.
That's the takeaway from new Census Bureau data released this week.
Westchester added 12,557 people from July 2010 to July 2012, increasing its population by 1.3 percent to an estimated 961,670 people, as births exceeded deaths and people arriving from abroad outnumbered those who moved to another part of the country, according to Census Bureau data released Thursday.
Rockland County notched a 1.7 percent net increase of 6,070 people for the same period, to 317,757, according to the data, ranking it the 13th largest county in the state. Unlike Westchester, Rockland’s 2,954 international immigrants barely exceeded the 2,790 who left for other parts of the country, but there were 6,039 more births than deaths.
Orange County just beat out Rockland to claim the 12th largest county spot with a population of 374,512, according to the Census Bureau. That represents an increase of 988 people compared to July 2010.
The population of Dutchess last year, however, was nearly flat at 297,322 versus 297,772 two years prior.
Ulster and Putnam, meanwhile, posted small population declines. Ulster shrank to 181,791 in 2012 from 182,395 in 2010, and Putnam’s population slid to 99,607, down from 99,784.
Nationwide, eight of the 15 fastest growing cities and towns were in Texas, but the No. 1 population center remained New York City.
The Big Apple added more than 100,000 people in the two-year period for a total population of 8.3 million, more than double that of No. 2 city Los Angeles.