NEW YORK (AP) — New statistics show more people moved into New York City than out of it last year. It’s the first time in more than 60 years.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday cheered the reversal as a sign of the city’s quality of life.
The finding comes from new census estimates that put the city’s population at a record high of 8.3 million.
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the city’s population has grown by more than 161,500 people since 2010. The increase is also due to a growing gap between births and deaths as life expectancy increases.
Many major American cities’ populations began to shrink as suburbs grew after World War II. Bloomberg says the recent growth in newcomers shows that “people are voting with their feet” for New York.