New York’s population continued to decline more than any state in the nation, new figures released Tuesday by the U. S. Census Bureau show.

The Empire State’s population fell by 126,355 people between July 2019 and July 2020, to 19.3 million, a drop of 0.65%, according to the preliminary figures. That’s the most of any state by total and by percentage.

Population decline continues to be a problem for New York, and it could play out in 2022 during federal reapportionment. At this rate, New York could lose as many as two U. S. House seats; it will certainly lose one, dropping it from 27 to 26 seats and impacting its clout in Washington.

New York could also be on the way to its first population decline in any decade since the 1970s, according to the Empire Center, a fiscally conservative think tank in Albany.

New York’s population has been boosted by immigrants and new births, but even that has tailed off in recent years, E. J. McMahon, the group’s founder, wrote.

“The 2020 estimated New York population represented a net decline of 41,326, or 0.21%, from the official decennial census count in 2010 — largely because foreign immigration into the state has fallen off sharply since 2017, in line with a national trend,” he wrote.

Florida surpassed New York in 2014 as the third largest state in the nation, and the gap has widened since then.

Florida gained 241,256 people since July 2019, bringing its population to 21.7 million. Only Texas, the second most populous state behind California, gained more people over the past year, the census data showed.

New York has had an exodus over the past decade of about 1.4 million peopl… (Read more)