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North Country population shifts dramatically

Late last week the US Census released new population numbers and the data for the North Country caught the eye of Brian Mann, our Adirondack bureau chief.

He's been blogging about the fact that a number of counties here in the region continue to lose population at a troubling rate.

And then there's Jefferson County, around Fort Drum, which is one of the fastest growing parts of New York state. Brian spoke with Martha Foley about the shift.  Go to full article

NYS losing population to other states

It's a continuing trend--an Albany think tank reports that New York State lost over 1.5 million people to other states from 2000 to 2010. The report is based on data from the US census bureau and the IRS.

While many New Yorkers continued to seek out hotter economies and warmer retirements, the Census Bureau numbers show the state's population still had a net gain: 2% over the decade to 19.4 million. That was largely fueled by immigrants moving into New York City.

The Empire Center is affiliated with the fiscally conservative Manhattan Institute. It says New York had the greatest loss nationally of residents to other states for the second decade in a row.

The Center's E.J. McMahon says the combination of domestic out migration, combined with a slowdown in new arrivals from other countries, gave New York the dubious distinction of having the third highest negative population shift in the nation.  Go to full article

Regional high schools among consolidation options

The public got its first glimpse last night of a study to deal with St. Lawrence County's declining school enrollment. The county's 18 districts lost 2,000 students in less than a decade.

The study commissioned by BOCES considers little fixes like shared services and big, controversial moves like merging districts. It also focuses on a middle, largely untested option - the creation of regional high schools. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
There doesn't seem to be as many babies. Our baby is pretty much standing alone right now. When I grew up...there was a ton of kids...

As Hamilton County ages, will communities hang on?

Last week, the US Census found that the New York population is aging much faster than the rest of New York state. The average resident in St. Lawrence County is forty years old. The number of young children in the county, below age five, dropped ten percent over the last decade.

In Hamilton County, the median age is even higher - more than 51 years old. That's thirteen years older, on average, than New York state as a whole. Brian Mann was in Hamilton County last week talking to people about the Census findings and what these numbers mean for their communities. He talks with Martha Foley.  Go to full article

Debate parses the good and bad of Adirondack Census numbers

The latest U.S. Census delivered good and bad news about population shifts across the rural North Country.

Inside the Adirondack Park Blue Line, the numbers showed an overall gain in population. But the details sparked a debate about how to interpret the data, about what it really means for communities that struggle with the dynamics of decline in rural America overlaid with the Park's additional rules and regulations.

Brian Mann joined Martha Foley this morning to sort through the Census and how it's being parsed.  Go to full article
Lori Shull & Alexandra Jacobs
Lori Shull & Alexandra Jacobs

Helping young adults call the North Country home

From the big picture of "brain drain" to the view from one group of young professionals. Nextwave is a social organization that brings together people in their 20s and 30s in St. Lawrence County. They hold a meet-and-greet the first Friday of every month. They plan events like board game night, wine tastings, and even an outing for whitewater rafting.

David Sommerstein spoke with two of Nextwave's organizers, Alexandra Jacobs and Lori Shull, about "brain drain" and "brain gain". Nextwave's next meet-and-greet is Friday, May 6th at la Casbah restaurant in Potsdam.  Go to full article
It makes more sense to rely on... an open process as opposed to having lawmakers drawing lines in secret.

2010 census: NY to lose two seats in Congress

New York State will lose two more congressional seats, as a result of the 2010 census, due to a continued decline in the state's population relative to the rest of the country. Government reform advocates say they hope lawmakers will seek a non partisan solution to changing the districts this time around. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Senator Little
Senator Little

Sen. Little: State budget politically motivated, but praise for Gov. Paterson

State Senator Betty Little says the budget chaos in Albany has been brutal for the North Country - with more spending for more programs shifting to communities downstate.

But she gave Governor David Paterson high marks for promising to veto additional deficit spending proposed by Democrats in the legislature.

Senator Little spoke yesterday with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

Census 2010: the challenges of counting every head

This spring, an army of temporary workers will fan out across the North Country to count its residents for the 2010 census. The federal government is spending $300 million nationwide to remind people to fill out their census forms. The stakes are high, especially in places like New York, where the population has been declining. Census figures are used to draw legislative districts and distribute federal and state money.

So the pressure is on in northern New York to count as many people as possible. St. Lawrence County got a federal grant to reach out to hard-to-count populations, like college students, the Amish, and Mexican dairy workers. John Tenbush is a planner with St. Lawrence County. He spoke with David Sommerstein.  Go to full article

Crowding out the earth? A conversation about population and climate change

It's Earth Day. All over the world, millions of people will be celebrating and speaking out about the critical environmental challenges. Slowing climate change tops contemporary lists. But researchers at SUNY's College of Environmental Science and Forestry say people are a rapidly growing part of the problem. In a statement issued this week, SUNY researchers argued that population control has to be a part of any long-term fix to the global warming. Brian Mann has more.  Go to full article

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