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New York Nears Record Population, Census Says

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New York is within striking distance of a record population of 8.4 million people, according to July 1, 2009 estimates released Tuesday by the Census Bureau.

Detroit continued its population decline, but lost fewer than 2,000 residents from the year before; its population is now 910,920, compared with 951,000 when the decade began.

New Orleans maintained its comeback, growing by more than 18,000 people in a single year, to nearly 355,000, still well below its nearly 485,000 residents in 2000, before Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005 and the city was decimated.

New York City grew by 45,000 people to 8,391,881.

As usual, most of the fastest-growing cities were in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, North Carolina and Texas, although the recession appeared to have dampened the pace of that growth. Atlanta, which expanded by nearly 20,000 people the year before, grew by only about 3,000 from 2008 to 2009.

In Florida, the fastest growing city was Orlando, which, at 1.5 percent, ranked only 79th among cities with the largest percentage increase in population.

Baltimore, Buffalo, Cleveland and Pittsburgh registered declines, while Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Ohio, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., recorded population gains.

The estimates are the final counts before the results of the 2010 census, which measured population as of April 1 this year.

NY Times
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