Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx lead city and state in population growth

Brooklyn is indeed booming.

Three of the five boroughs – Brooklyn included – led the city and all other statewide counties in population growth over the last year, the U.S. Census Bureau announced on Thursday, March 24.

As a result, the city’s population grew by 55,000, reaching a record high of 8.550,405 people, with Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx accounting for 84 percent of this growth.

“The sustained population growth of our city is proof that New Yorkers not only want to remain at home, but that people are moving from all over to work and raise a family in the greatest city in the world,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “The long-term prosperity of New York City hinges on our ability to keep pace with the housing and infrastructure demands of an ever-growing population throughout the five boroughs. Our progressive affordable housing plan, coupled with key transportation investments like the Brooklyn Queens Connector and citywide ferry service, will ensure that our city is affordable, equitable and efficient for decades to come.”

Despite coming in first the last five years, Brooklyn took the number two spot this year – right behind Queens and right before the Bronx. Nonetheless, the population growth in Brooklyn and Queens was nearly neck and neck.

According to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2015, Queens grew by 16,700 compared to 16,015 in Brooklyn and 13,687 in the Bronx. Manhattan and Staten Island followed with 7,552 and 1,257 additional people respectively.

Since 2010, New York City has been responsible for 90 percent of the growth in New York State, with its relative share of the state’s population rising from 42.2 percent to 43.2 percent in 2015.

“This is in many respects, the best of times,” said New York City Planning Commission Chair Carl Weisbrod.

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