Population of New York City

After falling sharply in the 1970s, the population of New York City rebounded to reach an all-time high in 2017.

Update: the population fell by over 200,000 between 2017 and 2018!

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Notes:
Population is for all five boroughs, even if they hadn't yet merged with New York
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Level 88
Jul 5, 2018
What happened in the 1970's??
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Level 50
Jul 5, 2018
There was a fluctuation in the size of the population.
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Level 59
Jul 5, 2018
Near bankruptcy
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Level 75
Jul 5, 2018
Crime. Rich people leaving. Economics, and other reasons. It happened to a lot of cities in the US between 1970-1980.
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Level 38
Aug 22, 2018
WTF?! That doesn't make sense. I thought that New York was one of the most stable places in the U.S.A.
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Level 64
Jan 20, 2019
Relative to the rest of the country, it is.
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Level ∞
Aug 22, 2019
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Level 73
Sep 28, 2019
If you watch any of these movies, the notion of stability is pretty much shattered: "The French Connection" (1971), "Klute" (1971), "Shaft" (1971), "The Panic in Needle Park" (1971), "Serpico" (1973), "Mean Streets" (1973), "Death Wish" (1974), "Taxi Driver" (1976), "Saturday Night Fever" (1977, yeah even that one), "The Warriors" (1979).
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Level 80
Sep 28, 2019
It wasn't any of those things. It was people moving to the suburbs.
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Level 52
Jul 5, 2018
Even in 2000 the population had gone passed the population in 1970
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Level 64
Sep 28, 2019
Does anyone remember the 80s in New York? It was severely mismanaged as well. Lots of corruption, crime. they couldn't afford to keep the mental hospitals open, so they just released mentally ill people into the streets with no support. no job, no money, no housing. Homelessness skyrocketed. And do none of you remember the East River catching on fire? The New York that we know now is very different from 40 years ago. Regardless of how you feel about individual mayors that have governed since 1990, Dinkins, Guiliani, Bloomberg and DiBlasio have managed it much better than Koch did.
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Level 80
Sep 28, 2019
This was the pattern with pretty much all US cities and many major cities around the world. Starting with industrialization people flooded in to them from the countryside to get work. This led to overcrowding, crime, pollution, and problems with management. After World War 2 many people started moving out in to the suburbs - which was something new. Because people had cars now they could live in nicer, cleaner, semi-planned communities with more space and drive to their jobs in the cities. The flight of the middle class to the suburbs sent the condition in cities spiraling downward, as this meant lower tax revenues, and greater concentration of poverty and crime. A couple decades went by and then it started to become trendy to try and rejuvenate these urban centers. Neighborhoods were gentrified. Management got better. Environmental regulations helped lower pollution levels. Public safety and public transit improved. People started moving back.
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Level 80
Sep 28, 2019
Some exception to this pattern in the US for major cities whose major industries (steel, automobiles) moved to other areas in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Their decline lasted longer.
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Level 69
Sep 28, 2019
*cough* Detroit *cough*
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Level 61
Sep 7, 2020
kalbahamut often writes very long and tedious comments explaining something to another person. I like them.
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Level 51
Sep 12, 2020
Yup. I certainly noticed that.