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Irene Reversed Most of County Population, Job Growth

Written By Editor on 9/20/13 | 9/20/13

As New York State, especially Upstate continued a slow population growth in the 2000s, Schoharie County saw some modest increases. Even as the local birth rate slowed, an influx of retirees and near-retirees more than picked up the slack.

New York State as a whole picked up 2.1% more people between the 2000 and 2010 censuses, representing a lower rate of growth than the U.S. average. Schoharie County meanwhile added a healthy 3.7%. The 2010 population increased to 32,749. Schoharie's growth far exceeded that of rural Counties surrounding it. Otsego only saw an increase of 0.9%, Delaware County dropped 0.1%, Greene County increased 2.2% and Montgomery increased 1.0%. Tiny (population) Hamilton County lost over 10% of its residents during this period.

Between 2010 and the middle of 2012, New York added an additional 1% to the population, bringing the state up to 19,570,261 people. Meanwhile, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee played havoc on the struggling people of the County. The population of the County dropped 2% to 32,099. Most of this decline came in the Village of Schoharie. Still, Esperance and Middleburgh saw a statistically significant fall in residents.

Meanwhile the demographic issues dovetailed with economic problems. By the end of 2011, Schoharie County had lost 1.9% of its total jobs as dozens of businesses closed their doors due to the recession and flooding.
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