Of the 27 towns and cities in Oneida County, Rome has lost population the fastest since 2010, according to the latest estimates of population by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Rome’s estimated population declined about 4.5 percent, or about 1,521 people since 2010 through last July 1, the Census Bureau estimated as part of its annual population calculation for cities and towns. The Census Bureau estimated Rome’s population as 32,204.
Within Oneida County, only seven towns are estimated to have gained population, led by a 5 percent increase in Marcy. The others are Va, 3.5 percent; Florence, 2.5; Steuben, 2.4; Augusta, 1.2, and Trenton, about three-tenths of one percent.
Utica’s population has declined about 3.4 percent, according to the Census estimates. It ranked 696 among 719 cities of 50,000 or more, ahead of only one city in New York in percentage population loss, Niagara Falls.
In Madison County, the city of Oneida and all towns are experiencing population loss, the Census Bureau estimates. Oneida’s population has declined about 4.2 percent. The greatest loss is in Georgetown and the least in Cazenovia and Nelson, both losing less than 2 percent since 2010.
The Census Bureau also released annual estimates of housing units by county. It put the number of housing units in Oneida County at 105,454, up from 104,175 in the 2010 Census. The Census Bureau surveys issued building permits and group quarters like nursing homes, correctional and juvenile facilities and military barracks and college dormitories.