Population decline in New York, small increase in Pennsylvania

Posted 1/8/20

REGION — According to the U.S. Census Bureau New York State lost more people than any other in 2019. The population count in the Empire State dropped by 76,790. In Pennsylvania there was a …

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Population decline in New York, small increase in Pennsylvania

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REGION — According to the U.S. Census Bureau New York State lost more people than any other in 2019. The population count in the Empire State dropped by 76,790. In Pennsylvania there was a slight increase of some 68 residents. Both states remained in the top 10 in terms of population with New York at 19,453,561 residents and Pennsylvania at 12,801,989.

Overall, 42 states and the District of Columbia had fewer births in 2019 than 2018, while eight states saw a birth increase. With fewer births in recent years and the number of deaths increasing, natural increase (or births minus deaths) has declined steadily in the U.S. over the past decade.

“While natural increase is the biggest contributor to the U.S. population increase, it has been slowing over the last five years,” said Dr. Sandra Johnson, a demographer and statistician in the population division of the Census Bureau. “Natural increase, or when the number of births is greater than the number of deaths, dropped below 1 million in 2019 for the first time in decades.”

The total population of the U.S. grew by about 1.5 million between 2018 and 2019, which has been slowing since 2015.

The 10 most populous states
   04/01/2010    07/01/2018   07/01/2019
1
California
  37,254,519
  39,461,588
 39,512,223
2
Texas
  25,146,091
 28,628,666
 28,995,881
3
Florida
 18,804,564
  21,244,317
 21,477,737
4
New York
  19,378,144
  19,530,351
 19,453,561
5
Pennsylvania
  12,702,868
 12,800,922
 12,801,989
6
Illinois
  12,831,572
  12,723,071
 12,671,821
7
Ohio
  11,536,751
  11,676,341
 11,689,100
8
Georgia
  9,688,729
  10,511,131
 10,617,423
9
N. Carolina
  9,535,751
  10,381,615
10,488,084
10
Michigan
  9,884,116
  9,984,072
9,986,857

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