Buffalo population slips in the standings

April 1, 2014 Updated Apr 1, 2014 at 8:12 AM EDT

By G. Scott Thomas, Projects Editor- Business First

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Buffalo population slips in the standings

April 1, 2014 Updated Apr 1, 2014 at 8:12 AM EDT

Buffalo has slipped one place in the latest population rankings of metropolitan areas.

New figures out this morning from the U.S. Census Bureau show the two-county Buffalo area in 50th place nationally, down from 49th a year ago.

Salt Lake City, which was 50th in last year's rankings, has vaulted past Buffalo and now holds 48th place. Birmingham is 49th.

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The Buffalo area, which consists of Erie and Niagara counties, had 1,134,115 residents as of July 1, 2013, the latest date for which official figures are available. That represents a paltry increase of 348 persons from a year earlier, a gain of 0.95 residents per day.

Births and deaths were virtually even during the 12-month period studied by the Census Bureau. A total of 11,865 babies were born in Erie and Niagara counties between the midpoints of 2012 and 2013, while 11,814 persons died, for a net gain of 51.

Immigration brought 2,499 foreigners to live in the Buffalo area, but that was countered by a net outflow of 1,937 American citizens who left the region to live somewhere else.

Fifty-two U.S. metros had populations greater than 1 million as of July 1, 2013. The only areas in that group that are smaller than Buffalo are Rochester and Grand Rapids, Mich.

New York City remains the nation's largest metro, with a population of 19.95 million. It's followed by Los Angeles (13.13 million), Chicago (9.54 million) and Dallas-Fort Worth (6.81 million).

Austin is the fastest-growing area among metros with at least 1 million residents. Its population shot up by 2.61 percent in 12 months. Houston is the runnerup at 2.23 percent.

Cleveland and Pittsburgh are the only major metros that lost population during the one-year period, according to today's report.

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