Manhattan's population grew last year
Manhattan's population grew last year, reversing two years of decline and countering a lot of doomsday and schadenfreude-laced declarations about the city's demise.
By the numbers: New York County — that's Manhattan — saw a net population increase of 17,472 people in 2022 — up 1.1% from the year before.
- A lot of the growth was from births and international migration, Bloomberg noted.
- But net migration to Manhattan from inside the U.S. was also up — 2,908 people in 2022, compared to a loss of 98,566 in 2021.
- Other major counties in big metro areas saw growth, too. Fulton County in Georgia (home to Atlanta) was up 1.1% and Maricopa County in Arizona (that's Phoenix) saw similar increases.
Zoom in: Even though remote work has emptied the office buildings in Manhattan, the apartment buildings are full.
- "Residential is booming," said Jonathan Miller CEO of Miller Samuel, a real estate appraisal firm in Manhattan. Wealthier people still want to live in the city — and some are even using it as a base to work remotely, he said.