Census confirms Mid-Hudson gained population during COVID-19

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MID-HUDSON – From 2020 to 2021, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mid-Hudson region gained approximately 1,300 new residents. That’s when you consider all factors – births, deaths, domestic and international migration.

The largest population gain in the region percentage-wise was in Sullivan County with an increase of 1.5 percent. Greene County followed with an increase of 1.19 percent in population during the study period of April 2020 to July 2021.

Statistics show that people have been moving north to escape the five boroughs of New York, noted Leslie Reynolds, a research support specialist at Cornell University, which analyzed population trends.

“That is our conclusion that it is due to the COVID pandemic that people were disbursing from the cities, but we have some connections with centers in New York City and they are actually starting to see these numbers, not necessarily reverse, but kind of trend toward normal, so it may have been in response to needing jobs or working from home or just trying to get out of such dense areas,” she said.

The increased demand for housing as populations move into the Mid-Hudson has resulted in higher purchase prices with bidding competition often.