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Niagara County population continues to shrink, new estimates show

Erie County added almost 1,000 residents between July 2017 and July 2018, according to new estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau.

But the overall region continues to shrink as Niagara County loses people.

Its population dropped by 433 people to just over 210,430, a 40-year low. Niagara County has lost more than 6,000 people since 2010, when the last national census was conducted; Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties also have shrunk.

Erie County’s population, meanwhile, has stabilized over that eight-year period. Some 919,700 people now live in the county, up from about 918,800 a year ago. Erie County owes much of its growth to immigrants, census data show.

The new numbers will be used to allocate funding for a range of federal programs, as will updated city and town estimates when they publish next month. The annual estimates are derived from birth and death certificates, federal tax returns, Medicare enrollment and federal surveys, as well as the official census done every 10 years.

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