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 the region performing?
Since 2000, the total population of the three-county Mid-Hudson Valley region increased by 7% to a total of 853,500 residents in 2015. This growth was more robust than the 3% growth in the state's population (excluding NYC), yet lagged behind the 14% growth for the nation. Counter to the population declines experienced in Western and Central New York, each of the three Mid-Hudson Valley counties experienced increases in population between 2000 and 2015. Orange grew 11%, Dutchess 6% and Ulster 1%. The region gained roughly 54,000 residents between 2000 and 2015, with more than 60% of the increase concentrated in Orange County.
Localities with the greatest population growth included the villages of Kiryas Joel (74%) and Montgomery (27%) and the towns of Monroe (37%), Minisink (26%), and Greenville (23%) in Orange County, and the Village of Fishkill (23%) in Dutchess County. The largest decreases in population were in the villages of Tuxedo Park (-17%) in Orange and Rhinebeck (-15%) in Dutchess.
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