Despite revitalization efforts, people are still leaving Upstate New York

Upstate New Yorkers continue to head for the exits.

And in few places have they been leaving faster over the past seven years than Broome, Chemung, and Tioga counties — at an average rate of 84 each month in Broome, 39 per month in Chemung and 29 each month in Tioga.

New York’s Southern Tier counties are among the state’s leaders in population loss, Add to the list Delaware, Steuben, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegheny, and you have eight Southern Tier counties among the 25 in the state with the most people fleeing, totalling more than 27,000.

Along the entire stretch of Route 17 from the western Orange County border to the Pennsylvania line, not a single county is showing population growth.

Those are the stark statistics from the recently released population estimates from U.S Census Bureau. The estimates continue a years-long trend that has people departing the state, with too few moving in to make up for the drastic losses.

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