A bigger apple: New York City population hits 8.8 million

A bigger apple: New York City population hits 8.8 million

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City now accounts for more than 8.8 million of the country’s population, growing by 629,000 people over the past decade. The city remains the largest metropolis by far but surging large cities in the Sun Belt are gaining ground, underscoring the population shifts that will give states like Texas and Florida greater clout in Congress. Despite the surge in population in New York City, New York state did not keep pace with other states. It was already known New York would lose a seat in Congress, but the new data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau could help a 10-member reapportionment commission decide how to draw new congressional lines.

Photo: FILE – In this Aug. 22, 2019, file photo, people walk through New York’s Times Square. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)