Census: NYC area still growing as upstate declines

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New U.S. Census estimates show more than half of New York's 62 counties lost population during the 12 months that ended last July.

Population gains continued to be mostly in New York City and its suburbs as many upstate counties saw birthrates fall below the state average and the rate of deaths top the average.

In all, New York's population grew by 87,043 to 19,465,197, a growth rate of 0.4 percent that's well below the national pace of 0.9 percent.

Kings and Rockland counties had birthrates several points above the state average and below average death rates.

The Adirondacks' Hamilton County had the highest pace of decline - 8.7 per 1,000 people. The death rate in the sparsely populated county was more than twice the rate of births.

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