From time to time we hear that people are leaving New York State in droves when the subject of living in this state comes up. The comments are that taxes are too high, the weather sucks, people are nasty, and probably a hundred more excuses to leave.

I suppose it's easier to complain about New York State and how we seem to continue to lose population to other states in the country. Well, the latest census may not exactly agree that people are fleeing our borders.

The New York State Office of the Comptroller, Thomas P. DiNapoli issued a press release that shows an interactive map of New York State Local census results bases on the 2020 census data, and there are some interesting statistics about the population over the past 10 years.

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According to the report, overall New York State's population increased by 4.1 percent since 2010. The population currently is 20.2 million. And it shows that New York State city population outside of the Big Apple is up 2 percent, That's the first time it's grown since 1960.

The City of Buffalo was the fastest growing city in the State of New York with a 10-year increase of 6.5 percent.

I opened up the interactive map to see how our area fared over the past 10 years, and for the most part, there were increases in population.

2020 Southern Tier Population Results

via Office of the New York State Comptroller - Thomas P. DiNapoli

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