Population Trend: CNY Getting Smaller, Older

Population Trend: CNY Getting Smaller, Older

All four counties that make up the Central New York/Syracuse metropolitan area have lost population since 2010, according to Census figures. Cayuga and Oswego hardest hit By Aaron Gifford The 2020 Census likely won’t paint a pretty picture of Central New York. The latest data available indicates that the region is getting smaller and older, and the poverty rate is somewhat stagnant compared to improvements at the national level. According to the Census American Community Survey, which includes data up until 2019, all four counties that make up the Central New York/Syracuse metropolitan area have lost people since 2010. Onondaga County’s population decreased by 1.4%, from 467,026 to 460,528. During that same period, Oswego County saw its population decrease from 122,105 to 117,124, or 4.1%. Cayuga County saw a similar drop, from 80,008 to 76,576, or 4.3%. And Madison County lost 3.4% of its population, decreasing from 73,452 to 70,941. The total population of the United States increased by 6.3% during that nine-year period, but New York state lost 76,790 people in one year alone, between 2018 and 2019, according to Census figures. “What you see in Central New York is all part of the greater trend for Upstate New

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