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New York state saw nation's biggest population decline in last year: census

New York state saw nation's biggest population decline in last year: census
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New York state has endured the nation's largest population decline in the last year, according to new estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Figures show there were 126,300 fewer New York residents in July, compared to one year earlier, signifying a drop of nearly 0.65 percent. Illinois trailed New York with a 0.63 percent population decline and Hawaii and West Virginia followed with 0.61 percent and 0.58 percent drops, respectively.

The Census Bureau released its estimates based on 2010's numbers — the numbers for 2020 will be released next year.

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With the new numbers, New York could potentially lose one seat in the House of Representatives, dropping to 26, according to analysis conducted by The New York Times.

All 435 seats in the House are divided among the 50 states based upon the population counts recorded by the census every 10 years.

Nationwide, U.S. saw its slowest population growth in 120 years from 2019 to 2020, which was attributed to the rise in deaths amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to chief demographer for the Brookings Institution William Frey.

"I think it’s a first glimpse of where we may be heading as far as low population growth," Frey told The Associated Press. "It’s telling you that this is having an impact on population."