Latest city population data
First is just an update of graphic I have put up in the past showing the evolution of the time series of Census estimates for the city over time.
So basically a recent peak in the middle of 2013. If you are curious what showed a more rapid jump in the city's population earlier this decade, I have gone into that in the past in more detail here, but the short version was there were some errors in reporting of the population of a single dormitory-like residence with a large number of college students. But it was just an error, though it was quite a headline at the time when the city's population trend first showed a positive number. Turned out, coincidentially, or luckily, to be true in the following years, but it was not true at the time.
What may be more useful is a time series of annual change in the city's population over the last decade or so. That looks like this:
Going back even earlier, net annual losses in that 3-4K range were pretty typical going back a frightfully long time, but from around 2004 to 2013 you see a solid trend moving positive. Hard to continue it though and for now a qualitative break to the downside over the last 2-3 years. True, a lot of caveats with this particular data, so we will see going forward.
*PG article current says the annual loss is 1,313, but my subtraction shows the loss is 1,374??