Moving out of the Southern Tier

By Jillian Marshall

Moving out of the Southern Tier

March 18, 2013 Updated Mar 18, 2013 at 6:57 PM EDT

Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The 2012 Census Bureau shows people are moving out of Broome and neighboring counties.

A little more than 2,500 people no longer call Broome County home. The 2012 Census population report shows 1.3 percent of Broome's population has left the county.

Most are blaming the economy, the September 2011 flood and the birth and death rate, according to Research Support Specialist at Cornell University, Jan Vink

Tioga, Chenango, Delaware and Greene all also lost at least 1 percent of their population.

Vink says he's concerned with Delaware's steady decline of people and its aging population.

"Tompkins County is a bright spot," Vink said.

Tompkins County's population increased lmost 1,000 people.

He predicts Broome County's population will stay steady, but says the population decrease for 2012 is already more than what he predicted for 2015.

In six months, a more detailed 2012 Census report will be released.