The Real Deal New York

NYC population to surpass 2020 estimates this year

2014 number is just 60,000 people shy of previous 2020 estimate
April 02, 2015 10:00AM

New census estimates reveal that the population of New York City reached 8,491,079 in 2014, a problematic figure given that it is only about 60,000 short of previous estimates for the 2020 population.

The estimates show that the population increased 52,700 between 2013 and 2014, with the new figure just under 60,000 short of a previous 2020 projection of 8,550,971 people, according to New York YIMBY.

If the population surge keeps up at its current pace, it will reach the 2020 estimate by early 2016. But permits for new housing indicate that an influx of more than 52,700 people this year would not be surprising.

The news is discouraging when it comes to a permanent affordable housing solution, as the city continues to struggle with unfavorable market factors and considers a wide variety of solutions including mandatory inclusionary zoning. [NY YIMBY] — Tess Hofmann