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North Castle Shows Little Growth Since 2010 Census

ARMONK, N.Y. – After having the third-highest population of Westchester County towns from 2000 to 2010, the Town of North Castle experienced only a small growth since the release of the 2010 census. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, from April 2010 to July 2011, North Castle grew by only 73 residents.

The Town of North Castle says on its website that the 9 percent population growth in 2000-2010 was due to the development of new housing, specifically the Whippoorwill Hills, Thomas Wright and Sands Mill developments. The slow population growth since then may be attributed to a lack of residential development. Planning Board Chairman Robert Greene said at a June board meeting that the amount of land to be developed in North Castle is small.

“The bottom line is that most of the vacant lots that are currently available for development in North Castle all have something wrong with them,” Greene said.

The growth in North Castle since the 2010 census is minuscule compared to that of Greenburgh, which saw a population growth of 524 residents during the same period. That was the second biggest growth in Westchester County after Yonkers.

The 2011 population estimates released by the Census Bureau are used as a benchmark for growth.

“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,” bureau Director Robert Groves said in a press release.

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 trend of a rising population for the county in the past decade. Between 2002 and 2010, the population increased by more than 14,000.

The Census Bureau estimates that 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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