New York City continues to grow as more people come here to settle.
The Big Apple's population went over the 8 million mark with the last census in 2010, and it's gained nearly 3% since that last official headcount. There are now more than 8.4 million of us New Yorkers -- the biggest number ever.
Every borough showed a population gain, led by Brooklyn and then Queens.
The city still loses thousands every year who head south for warmth and sun (especially after this brutal winter) or out west to find themselves. But between immigrants -- 73,000 coming from abroad last year alone -- and a high birth rate, our numbers continue to rise. New New Yorkers joining us from Asia and the sub-continent, eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America continue to enrich our city with diversity that makes this place great.
Growth will be a challenge, as it means more people to absorb with education, housing and jobs. But it also creates new opportunities, since the things needed to accomodate our new neighbors will lead to more revenues and added income for retailers and others who will serve the new New Yorkers.