People are leaving New York faster than any other state, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. 

New York has been losing people for the last three years. According to the Bureau’s report, New York is one of nine states that lost population last year. 

At 48,000 people, New York has the highest number of people who left. Illinois is ranked second.   

But Upstate New York is seeing the biggest decline. Since 2010, 42 of the 50 upstate counties recorded a loss of population. Because of the out-migration, the state is likely to lose two Congressional seats in four years. 

A spokesperson for Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent a statement Friday that seemed to cast doubt on the accuracy of the census saying: 

A complete and accurate count is critical for New York to receive proper representation in Washington. The State is committed to being a full partner in a robust outreach effort so that every New Yorker is counted. 

A few months ago, Cuomo pointed to the weather as a leading cause for the decline. 

“People will make demographic choices about where they want to live,” he said. “Some of them are climate based; some of them are based for personal reasons. Someone wants to move to Florida because they want to move to Florida, God bless them. We were chasing people from this state; now we’re attracting them.” 

His republican opponent in the election, Marc Molinaro, said it has to do more with high taxes, which is driving out the middle class. 

“Upstate continues to struggle with the highest burden of property taxes of any region in the country while at the same time we lead the nation in out migration,” Molinaro said. “People leaving New York to other states.” 

Soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins also listed a few reasons why not as many people are staying in the state. 

“Whether it’s the economy, affordability, keeping taxes low, and growing jobs, New York will be – if I have anything to do with it – the place people will be coming to in droves,” she said. 

Despite all this, New York’s population is still the fourth highest behind only California, Texas and Florida.