Census: Most of FLX loses population, Tompkins gains

Historically, census data has not been kind to New York. Over the last several decades the state has seen a significant decline in population. That trend continued in the latest data released by the U.S. Census Bureau.Since 2010, a few counties have managed to see improvements. Specifically, it was a mixed bag of good and bad for the Finger Lakes, which saw two counties finish in the top-20 for largest population loss over the last five years.Wayne County and Cayuga County have seen population decreases of more than two percent since 2010. Wayne County saw the larger of the two, seeing a 2.5 percent decrease in population — or a loss of 2,304 individuals — according to the figures. In Cayuga County, a loss of 2.2 percent of the population — or 1,732 — was reported during the same period.Only 15 counties in New York finished with a greater population loss than Cayuga or Wayne counties.Even with those counties seeing the most-significant population losses in the last five years, another county in the Finger Lakes saw the greatest loss in the last calendar year. Cortland County saw 435 people leave the county, which equated to a 0.9 percent decrease in population. This ranked Cortland County 9th in New York for greatest loss.Cayuga County did see a loss of 548 people in the last reported year, which was good for a 0.7 percent decrease in overall population from 2014 to 2015. Cayuga saw the 16th greatest loss in that reporting cycle.Finishing in the middle of the pack — with losses of 0.6 percent to 0.5 percent over the last year were — Wayne, Chemung, Schuyler and Oswego Counties. While Oswego saw the largest number of raw exits — with 689 leaving — their overall population took the smallest hit given the fact that they still have over 120,000 living within it’s borders.Yates, Seneca, Monroe, Onondaga, and Ontario Counties all saw virtually no change in population over the last year — registering losses of 0.3 percent or less. Tompkins County saw the sole increase over the last reported year, with an increase of 0.2 percent from 2014 to 2015. Tompkins added 199 to it’s overall population. Since 2010 a number of counties in the Finger Lakes have posted overall losses in population. In addition to Wayne and Cayuga Counties, who finished in the top-20 statewide for population loss — Chemung, Cortland, Oswego, Steuben, Seneca, Yates, and Oneida Counties have all seen population losses of at least one percent. Meanwhile, over the same period — Onondaga, Monroe, Ontario and Tompkins Counties have seen the greatest increases — adding up to 3.3 percent to their overall population figures. Tompkins County was by far the biggest winner in both categories — posting the only gain between 2014 and 2015 — while seeing significant gains over the last five years consecutively.One major trend of note revealed that the largest number of New Yorkers are headed to Texas.Complete census data is available at www.census.gov.

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