“These numbers are consistent with what the state has been experiencing for a number of years, which is modest population growth, driven primarily by natural increase,” said Christopher Jones, research vice president at the Regional Plan Association, a Manhattan-based advocacy organization that studies development issues in the metropolitan area. Jones believes the population trend should be viewed in a regional context. He noted that downstate areas, including New York City, Long Island and Westchester County, have a vibrant economy that has spurred growth and attracted people, while upstate struggles with economic woes. Across the state, the lack of affordable housing remains “a constraint” on growth, he said.
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