Brooklyn’s population has grown 3.5 percent in just three years, according to new census data, The New York Daily News reported. That makes Brooklyn the fastest growing of any of the boroughs.
It is also one of the fastest-growing counties in the state. We added 87,400 people, for a total of 2,568,435.
The growth is mostly due to immigrants, who settle mostly in Brooklyn and Queens, plus a slowdown of people moving out of New York City, according to a story in The New York Times. The city-wide growth is the first since the mid-20th century, when people started leaving for the suburbs and the Sun Belt. Building more housing is crucial, said Planning Commission Chairman Carl Weisbrod.
Brooklyn’s Population Is up 3.5 Percent Over Three Years: Census [NY Daily News]