More state residents are saying "I Leave NY," though Ontario, Monroe and Tompkins are among the few upstate New York counties showing signs of slight growth.
Statewide, the number of people calling New York home dropped by 48,500 to 19.5 million in 2018 compared to the year before, according to newly released U.S. Census Bureau population estimates. that's a one-year decline of 0.25 percent. The nation witnessed 0.6% population growth.
Ontario County, one of the most consistent growth area in this part of the state, did add about 250 residents from 2017 to 2018, according to the census bureau estimates.