ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A new report finds upstate New York is growing old faster than the rest of the nation, but is becoming a bit better educated. Meanwhile, the young continued to flock to New York City - for a while.
The Empire Center for Public Policy of the Manhattan Institute think tank is releasing the report Thursday. It analyzes Census data from 1990 to 2010, finding the movement of people in and out of New York over the past two decades, including the combined effects of foreign immigration and domestic migration, has produced significant changes in the Empire State's age profile.
As upstate and the suburbs lost young people and New York City gained young people, attracting 300,000 new residents in the 20- to 34-year-old bracket between 2000 and 2010 alone. However, many who came to the city as young adults in the 1990s left the city once they reached middle age in the following decade.
The study concludes New York is losing educated young adults in search of better jobs, rather than retirees fleeing for warmer states.
The study also shows a surprising increase of 80,000 young adults upstate, which is attributed to increased college enrollments.
For the full study, visit www.empirecenter.org/pb/2012/08/migration3081612.cfm
The Associated Press contributed to this report.