According to an estimate released Tuesday by the US Census Bureau, more residents fled New York than in any other state last year.
Some 128,355 people pulled it out of the Empire State between July 2019 and July 2020, with initial figures showing a decline of 0.75 percent.
New York has been losing locals since 2016, but the most recent drop was much larger than in previous years.
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It was also the nation’s largest population declining state, followed by Illinois with a 0.63 percent decline; Hawaii with 0.61 percent and West Virginia with 0.58 percent.
The estimates are based on the 2010 census and the official 2020 census results will be released next year, along with a new legislative map.
The calculation of a once-in-a-decade national head determines how 435 seats are entered in the House of Representatives, which is divided into 50 states based on the recorded population changes.
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According to an analysis by Brookings Institution’s chief demographics manager William Frew, New York could lose one seat, leaving 26 if the numbers catch up, The New York Times reported.
The report states that Empire State with fewer seats than Florida will leave for the first time.
Overall, the US population grew at the smallest rate in at least 120 years from 2019 to 2020, according to Census Bureau data. The demographics attributed the trend to the toll of the coronovirus epidemic on the nation.
Population growth in the US was already slowed by the virus due to declining fertility and immigration restrictions.
But Frey lost at least 322,000 American lives to COVID-19 since March, making the steady-growth trend worse.
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“I think this is the first glimpse where we can move forward in the form of low population growth,” Fray told The Associated Press.
“It is telling you that it is impacting the population.”