Newly released Census Bureau estimates reveal that New York City has been growing in size for the past three years. Sam Roberts explored the trends in migration, births, and deaths for the New York Times in "Population Growth in New York City Is Reversing Decades-Old Trend, Estimates Show."
For the year ending July 1, 2013, an influx of foreigners combined with a continuing decline in the loss of migrants to other states increased the population by more than 61,000, nudging it past 8.4 million for the first time, according to estimates to be released on Thursday by the United States Census Bureau.
Every borough registered a gain in population. Even the Bronx, a traditional laggard, recorded a rate nearly as high as top-ranked Brooklyn and Manhattan. While Manhattan and the Bronx lost more people to migration than they gained, the difference was made up by more births than deaths...
In the city, 73,000 newcomers arrived from abroad in the year ending July 1, with the bulk settling in Brooklyn and Queens (with 24,000, Queens ranked third among counties in the country in the number of foreign immigrants it attracted). The citywide loss to other states totaled about 67,000.
Roberts also cited research and analysis from Social Explorer's Andrew Beveridge:
“Growth is now quite robust, much more so than it was in the last decade,” said Andrew A. Beveridge, a sociologist at Queens College of the City University of New York. “These new numbers show that New York City now has recouped the roughly 250,000 population that was estimated but not found in the city by the 2010 census.”