New York State cities and towns population change 2010-2016

This is map is based on Census Bureau estimates that were released this week for 2016. (Fine print: We're comparing the estimated population for July 1, 2015 against the population estimate base for April 1, 2010.)

It's important to emphasize that these are estimates, so they're best taken with a grain of salt. And a change of just a few hundred in a year-to-year count for a place like the city of Albany -- which is estimated to have almost 98,000 people -- isn't necessarily the signal of a trend.

The deeper the green, the higher the percentage of estimated population gain. The deeper the red, the opposite.

New York State counties population change percent 2010-2016

We posted this map earlier this year when the Census estimates for counties came out, but we figured we included it here, too. You can see that it roughly matches with the city and town estimates.

New York State city and town populations 2016

new york state city town population map 2016

The Capital Region has some of the state's fastest growing towns in terms of population percentage change.

That's one of the bits from new population estimates for cities and towns released by the Census Bureau this week.

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A few things

+ Those Capital Region towns that are among the fastest growing in the state -- by percentage -- between 2010 and 2016 (state rank):

Halfmoon - 11.07 percent (2)

Ballston - 9.01 percent (5)

Malta - 7.63 percent (9)

Brunswick - 7.01 percent (10)

Bethlehem - 4.89 percent (19)

+ Albany is still the most populous Capital Region municipality, according to the Census Bureau estimates, at 98,111. But Colonie isn't too far back -- at 83,217 -- and it's up almost 2 percent since 2010.

+ New York City is, of course, the most populous city or town at an estimated 8.53 million people. That's up 4.44 percent since 2010.

+ It's kind of remarkable to us that the next four most populous municipalities are all on Long Island -- Hempstead town, Brookhaven town, Islip town, Oyster Bay town. Buffalo is next on the list with 256,902 people.

+ Speaking of the big upstate cities, how they've fared since 2010:

Buffalo: down 1.73 percent

Rochester: down .89 percent

Syracuse: down 1.26 percent

Albany: up .28 percent

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