NYC population hits record high

  • The number of people living in New York City hit 8.3 million people in 2012, according to new U.S. Census Bureau figures released on Thursday.

    Last year also marked the first time in more than six decades that more people moved into the city than moved out of it.

    According to government estimates, the Big Apple’s population has risen by 161,500 people since 2010, equal to around 2 percent.

    Increases were seen across the city’s five boroughs, with Brooklyn recording the highest growth rate at 2.4 percent. The smallest gains were made in Staten Island, which saw its population rise by just 0.4 percent.

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg welcomed the new population figures, saying that "people are voting with their feet" for the city that never sleeps.

    Bloomberg also cited the city's improving quality of life for the rise.

    New York had just 419 murders in 2012, its lowest total on record. Meanwhile, the number of shootings also hit a record low at 1,353.

    At the same time, the number of private sector jobs increased to 3.2 million and high school graduation rates hit 65 percent. 

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