New York remained the nation’s third most populous state this year, narrowly staying ahead of Florida, U.S. Census data today showed.
New York had 19.65 million people in July, about 98,000 more than Florida, which ranked fourth in the nation. Florida is closing quickly on New York: In 2010, New York had 552,000 more residents than the Sunshine State.
E.J. McMahon, executive director of the Empire Center for Public Policy, said New York’s out-migration is outpacing new residents. About 1.2 million people left to other states between 2000 and 2009, the group found.
“The main reason why Florida is overtaking us, unless something changes, is that out-migration,” McMahon said.
Between 2010 and 2013, New York had the slowest population increase of the nation’s four largest states—California, Texas, New York and Florida. New York’s population grew 1.3 percent in the four years, compared to 4.8 percent in Texas.
Population changes has an impact on New York’s influence. In 2010, New York lost two congressional seats, from 29 to 27, because other states grew more quickly. It also impacts federal aid.
Population figures in 2013 by county are expected early next year.
Thirty-five upstate counties lost population between 2010 and 2012, census figures showed in March. New York City and its suburbs had a population increase of 13 percent over the three years, up 177,000 people.
Monroe County, though, added about 3,500 people between 2010 and 2012, making it the second biggest gainer outside the New York City area.