Capital Region 2010 census population totals

The Census Bureau released 2010 populations totals for places in New York State Thursday afternoon.

The population of the Capital Region's four core counties was up more than five percent since the last census in 2000, which made this area an outlier for upstate. Breakouts for the individual local counties are above (breakouts for all the cities and towns in the Capital Region are after the jump).

New York State's population was up about two percent, as was New York City's population. Officials there are already arguing there was an undercount.

Breakouts for Capital Region cities and towns -- as well as a few notes -- after the jump.

Capital Region 2010 city and town populations

Cities or towns with growth higher than 2x the statewide percentage are marked in green. Those that lost population are marked with red.

A few notes

+ The big upstate cities outside the Capital Region saw declines. Buffalo was down more than 10 percent. Rochester down 4 percent. Syracuse down 1.5 percent. Niagara Falls, which Businessweek recently described as "one of America's most infamous victims of urban decay, hollowed out by four decades of job loss, mafia infiltration, political corruption, and failed get-fixed-quick schemes," was down almost 10 percent. [Census Bureau]

+ One possible reason for the Capital Region's growth, compared to the rest of upstate: the growing tech industry. [Daily Gazette]

+ The big local winner (if that's the word) was Saratoga County -- up about 9.5 percent over the last decade. It had a bunch of towns with big percentage gains, led by Wilton's 29 percent increase (fifth biggest in the state). [Saratogian]

+ Despite all the growth in Saratoga County, Saratoga Springs was up only about 1.5 percent.

+ Schenectady's population was up almost 7 percent. Its school district has apparently seen an influx of kids in recent years, so that's not necessarily surprising.

+ Troy is back over the 50,000 mark. It was just under that line in the 2000 census, and had been pegged at 54,269 in 1990. 2000 was the first time the city's population had been under 50,000 since the 1800s. (The Census Bureau's 2009 estimate had Troy at 47,748.) [Troy Record]

+ The City of Rensselaer registered a 21 percent increase. How about that.

+ The City of Albany: up a little more than 2 percent to 97,856. It's the sixth biggest city in the state.

+ The biggest local populations declines: by total - Coeymans (-733); by percent - Edinburg (-12.3).

+ We wonder how much some of the changes that show up in these numbers are actual population swings -- or just an effect of better/worse counting.

+ As had been expected, it looks like New York State will be losing two House seats -- and it looks like they'll come from... downstate.

+ Here's an excellent interactive map put together by NYT.

Census Bureau interactive map

Comments

Total US population grew by 9.7 percent.
2.1 percent increase for New York state is rather small.

@Lu: The sights for New York are so low, anything less than disaster is good news.

The death of Western NY is a testament to the complete breakdown of the old economic system that made NY the "Empire State". Sad.

With baby boomers are getting older and less employable, the population might even start dropping dramatically by 2020.

Yup. Some folks in the Northeast are migrating to other states, particularly to the south and west. But these parts of the country have ongoing issues with availability of water and have started to ration water use. What happens when Florida, California, Texas, and Nevada start running out of potable water as their population increases? Well, I guess there's always Lone Star Beer and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale....

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