Study: NYS population up, Southern Tier's down

By Conor Mooney

Study: NYS population up, Southern Tier's down

March 14, 2013 Updated Mar 14, 2013 at 11:29 PM EDT

WBNG Binghamton) Early 2012 Census numbers show New York state saw a jump in population during the past two years. But the Southern Tier trend has gone the other way.

That's according to a recent demographics study by researchers at Cornell University.

The study estimates that since the 2010 Census, the state's total population grew by 1 percent, or nearly 200,000 new residents.

New York City, the greater Albany area, the western part of the North Country and the triangular area between Cortland, Corning and Rochester saw the fastest population growth in the state.

Trends are different in the Southern Tier.

Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego and Tioga counties are estimated to have lost residents.

In that area, the highest percentage loss is in Delaware County, with an estimated drop of 1.5 percent of its population, or about 700 people who moved on during that two-year span.

Broome County lost nearly 1.3 percent, or approximately 2,500 people.

Across the state, Jefferson County saw the biggest estimated growth at a 3.5 percent, while Schoharie County saw the most moving out, losing nearly 2 percent of their population.