What does this measure?
The total change in the number of people living in a geographic area since 2000.
Why is this important?
Changes in total population can indicate the overall health of a community and its ability to attract and retain residents.
How is Orange County performing?
Orange County remains the most populous county of the three-county Mid-Hudson Valley region, having an estimated 378,000 residents in 2015. Since 2000, Orange County has seen a substantial increase in population (11%), growing at a faster rate than the region and state (excluding NYC), and just below the rate of the nation.
Local areas with large increases included Woodbury Town and Village (23%), Village of Greenville (23%), Village of Kiryas Joel (74%), Town of Minisink (26%), and Town of Monroe (37%). The City of Middletown grew 10% between 2000 and 2015.
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