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NYC metro area is losing people to cheaper cities, warmer climates: census

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Despite the mini exodus, there’s still been a slight uptick in population

More people are leaving the New York metropolitan area than any other major metropolitan hubs across the country, the New York Post’s recent analysis of U.S. Census data has revealed.

The number of people moving away from the Tri-State Area increased from 187,034 in 2015 to 223,423 in 2016 and the number of immigrants settling within this region saw a drop from 181,551 in 2015 to 160,324 in 2016.

The Post interviewed experts who said this is largely because of an improvement in the economy. More jobs are created outside of major metropolitan areas as the economy improves and this prompts residents to look for cheaper places to live and in some cases warmer climates.

Increasingly, Americans are moving to cities in Florida, Texas, and parts of the Northwest like Oregon and Colorado.

Despite people leaving the New York Metropolitan area, it has not had an adverse effect on the population growth of the region, which increased 2.7 percent between 2010 and 2016, according to the Post. New York City, as the largest component (population wise) of the Metropolitan area is also seeing a population increase, albeit a slower one from three years ago.

While the city’s population increased 0.5 percent between 2012-2013, it had reduced to a 0.1 percent increase between 2015-2016. As of now, the city’s population is expected to reach 8.6 million by 2020, up from the current 8.5 million.

Other major metropolitan areas witnessing this mini exodus include San Francisco, and Chicago, the latter of which came in second behind the New York metropolitan area. What do you think is pushing more people to move? Sound off in our comments section below.