With the upswing in the nation's economy, New York, and the surrounding areas have become the biggest population loser percentage wise in the country.
According to the U.S. Census New York, CT, New Jersey, and Long Island have lost 4.4 percent of their population since 2010.
The reasons for the exodus range from better jobs in cheaper places to live, to retirees packing up for warmer climates.
Major metropolitan areas that have experienced large growth spurts are Orlando- Daytona Beach FL, Denver CO, Houston TX, and Portland OR.
Chicago finishes second to NYC in the percentage of people fleeing. The windy city has lost 4.3 % of its dwellers since 2010.
The metro NYC area is still the most populous in the United States with 23.7 million inhabitants.
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