Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Thursday that the city's population has reached a record high of 8.3 million and for the first time in more than 60 years, more people moved into the city than the number that moved out. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday that for the first time since the 1950s, more people are moving into the city than moving out.
"The facts bear out that this is a great place to come, to live, to vacation, to get medical care, to get an education," Bloomberg said.
Between 2010 and 2012, the city grew by more than 161,000 people, bringing the total estimated population to more than 8.3 million, which the mayor said is an all time high.
"People from around the country are voting with their feet," Bloomberg said. "They are voting for life in New York City."
Every borough saw a jump, but Brooklyn's jump was the highest. The borough gained nearly 61,000 people.
Some born and bred New Yorkers don't mind.
"I like seeing new people, meeting new people," said one. "Everybody's new. Everybody's from out of town. Nobody's from around anymore."
Much of Brooklyn's population increase is occurring along the L line. City planning experts said it isn't just a spike. It's a trend.
"More people are moving in," said Joseph Salvo of the New York City Department of City Planning. "Areas are growing because people are moving in in addition to having more births. So that's very important because you haven't seen that, really, in 50 or 60 years."
It's not just Brooklyn. Thousands also moved into the central and south Bronx.
Staten Island saw an increase, but it was the smallest, just 2,000 people between 2010 and 2012.
For those newer New Yorkers, they are taking to the Big Apple.
"I love Brooklyn. Definitely Brooklyn. Nowhere else," said one.