A real surprise was in the 2010 Census statistics released today: Utica actually grew a bit to 62,235, up 2.6%! Certainly it's not a big increase and it is too early to say Utica has turned a corner. Nevertheless, when you consider that this is the first increase since 1950 when the population was 101,531, maybe the naysayers were just a little too quick to write Utica off as dead.
Utica fared better than the Mainline Thruway cities to the west which all declined, the worst being Buffalo which lost another 10.7%. The Capital District cities pretty much grew, led by a 7.0% increase in Schenectady.
Maybe we can actually be just a little less sad!
More NY statistics are available at USA Today.