People are coming to New York. Tourists continue to arrive in record numbers, but it's not the travelers who are making news now. Instead, it's those who stay... which apparently is happening more frequently.
The latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau, reported in today's papers, shows more people are moving to New York City than leaving -- a first in more than 60 years.
The City's population has continued to swell, but over the last few decades that's come more from new births that offset the people who leave. And for years, there's been flight to the suburbs or away from the New York area altogether. But that's changing.
There are now a record-setting 8.3 million New Yorkers -- up by 161,000 from two years ago. As the Wall Street Journal story points out, that two-year increase is more than the entire population of Hartford.
The census numbers show New York has been losing fewer residents -- an estimated 140,000 people move away every year. But more and more are coming here and staying -- 150,000 last year. For young people, the lure is jobs and the excitement and energy of life here. Many neighborhoods that had been quietly dying are now coming back to life as young people discover them -- at first for the lower rents, and then for the local nightlife scene, which often follows.
So, as the inscription on the Statue of Liberty says, give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses. And give us your young people looking to build a career, a family, a life. We're New York, and we have room for you all.
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