The U.S. Census may have rejected New York City's challenge to their 2010 count of our population, but at least they acknowledge we're still a growing city. In fact, new census estimates have us growing at a pace not seen since the 1990s. In the last 15 months we've gained nearly 70,000 people. For comparison, the entire city of Albany is about 97,000. (You'd think misery would want more company!)

The seeming bump in our population, now estimated at 8,244,910, appears to come from increased immigration paired with higher birthrates among newcomers. Also? It seems less New Yorkers are leaving the city. Funnily enough, just last year the Census was trying to tell New York that from 2000 to 2010 we only gained 166,855 people—a number which the city was confident was off by, oh, 50,000-80,000 (hence the challenge). Hmmm!

The city is reacting to the news quite pleasantly, though: "We are pleased that the Census Bureau has begun to recognize this growth, but we continue to believe the real population is over 8.3 million based on our demographers’ scientific work and the historic track record of undercount among hard-to-enumerate populations in big cities," Joseph J. Salvo, director of the population division in the city’s Planning Department, said.