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U.S. Census Says Greenburgh Population Rising

GREENBURGH, N.Y. – With the addition of more than 500 residents, Greenburgh has seen Westchester County’s second-biggest population spike between April 2010 and July 2011, according to estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Including its six villages, Greenburgh’s population is estimated to have risen to 89,033, up 524 from the 2010 Census. The town’s increase, second only to Yonkers among Westchester municipalities, translates to each of its villages, who all saw a small population spike.

Census estimates showed the following increases in each of Greenburgh’s six villages:

  • Ardsley added 26 people, increasing to 4,484.
  • Dobbs Ferry added 61 people, increasing to 10,949.
  • Elmsford added 28 people, increasing to 4,699.
  • Hastings added 46 people, increasing to 7,904.
  • Irvington added 40 people, increasing to 6,468.
  • Tarrytown added 64 people, increasing to 11,354.

Unincorporated Greenburgh also saw an increase of 259 people, the bureau suggests, rising to 43,175 people in the annual estimate.

“These estimates provide our first look at how much the total population has changed in each of our nation's cities since we conducted the 2010 Census,” Census Bureau Director Robert Groves said in a press release.

While Hastings Mayor Peter Swiderski warned against reading too much into such a small increase in population, he said the trends are interesting, if not surprising.

“Hastings is close to New York City and has great schools, diversity of housing and a strong community identity,” he said in an email. “That will remain an attractive choice for people looking for a new home.”

The bureau's most recent estimates continue an upward trend for Elmsford that began in the 2010 Census. Mayor Robert Williams attributed the increase in residents to the village’s low taxes, good services and improving school district.

“This would be a good sign that people want to come here and live here,” he said.

In Tarrytown, village administrator Michael Blau said it wasn't surprising the village’s population has been projected to be on the rise.

“We have had some construction going on the village with new housing being built so it is no surprise to see an increase in our population,” he said.

Blau said he expects residents will see a continued growth in Tarrytown’s population in the near future with the village’s changing demographics.

“Some of families who have lived in Tarrytown all of their lives sold their homes to younger couples. So there is a change in demographics and you may see some growth patterns here in Tarrytown,” he said.

As a whole, Westchester’s population is estimated to have risen just more than 5,000, bringing the total to 955,899. The increase would continue a recent trend of a rising population in the past decade for the county. Between 2002-10, the population has increased by more than 14,000, reports show.

On a larger scale, the data suggests New York City grew by more than 70,000 people since the 2010 Census, more than any other city in the country. New York also continued to be the nation's most populous city by a large margin, with 8.2 million residents in 2011, followed by Los Angeles and Chicago.

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