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State population declines for the first time in a decade

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Posted at 3:32 PM, Mar 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-23 15:41:19-04

Upstate's population dropped again, but Erie County managed to jump up due to net migration increases.

The population of upstate declined by 23,434 people from 2015 to 2016, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The Bureau says the 50 upstate counties now holds a population of 6,279,628 - that's a decrease of 59,648 people since 2010.

The bureau says the upstate region lost slightly more people than downstate gained, resulting in a decline in the statewide population for the first time in a decade.

Erie County, however, saw a larger number of foreign immigration than domestic migration, resulting in a net migration. The Census Bureau says 20,045 foreigners migrated into the county, with a loss of 17,854 people. The result was a growth of 2,191 in the county's population.

Erie County's total population change, which takes into account natural increases (births) and migration change is a growth of 2,191 people.

Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties all saw net migration and net population losses. All of these counties also had more people leaving than foreigners migrating in.