New York State’s population continues to grow, but Upstate’s population losses continue.  We see people voting with their feet about the state of the Upstate economy.

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that New York State’s population grew by nearly 600,000 people between 2000 and 2012, a 3% increase, driven in large part by increases in New York City and its suburbs.

Most Upstate cities lost population during that period.  Buffalo lost 11% of its population, while Rochester lost 4%.

New York’s population growth lagged far behind the fastest-growing large cities and towns.  In fact, eight of the top 15 fastest-growing communities are in Texas.  It must be nice not having to pay income tax.