The latest Census Bureau population estimates are scheduled to be released on Monday, and New York is expected to slip behind Florida into fourth place, the New York Times reported. If it doesn’t happen this time, Florida would undoubtedly surpass New York in 2014.
Demographers cite immigration trends, job declines in upstate New York and the proliferation of New York natives who retire to move to Florida. More than 50,000 New Yorkers head south to the Sunshine State each year, while only about 25,000 Floridians relocate to New York.
Potential impacts of the population shift include a reduction in New York’s congressional delegates, which already happened in 2010, and cutbacks in federal funding allocations for public projects. [NYT] — Eric Kalis