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New York was one of nine states that lost population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's report released on Wednesday. 

The population of New York was 19,542,209 as of July 1, which is a drop of 48,510 residents from 2017. The state remains the fourth most populous state behind California (39,557,045), Texas (28,701,845) and Florida (21,299,325).

New York was not alone losing population which also included Illinois (45,116), West Virginia (11,216), Louisiana (10,840), Hawaii (3,712), Mississippi (3,133), Alaska (2,348), Connecticut (1,215) and Wyoming (1,197).

The highest population gains were found in Nevada and Idaho based on percent growth of 2.1 percent. Other states with gains included Utah, Arizona and Florida.

“Many states have seen fewer births and more deaths in recent years,” said Sandra Johnson, a demographer/statistician in the Population Division of the Census Bureau. “If those states are not gaining from either domestic or international migration they will experience either low population growth or outright decline.”

According to a news release, nationally, natural increase was 1.04 million last year, reflecting 3,855,500 births and 2,814,013 deaths. With fewer births in recent years and the number of deaths increasing, natural increase has declined steadily over the past decade.   

Look for more Census findings in 2019 when the Bureau will release estimates of the 2018 population for counties, cities and towns, and metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas, as well as national, state and county population estimates by age, sex, race and Hispanic origin.

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Adam Colver is the online editor at The Post-Star. He manages The Post-Star's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and poststar.com. He can be reached at acolver@poststar.com.

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