Broome County may seem a little less crowded these days.

The latest numbers from the U-S Census Bureau released show the county’s population dropped 1.5% between 2010 and 2013.  That translates to a loss of 3,066 residents over the three years.

Tioga County lost 882 residents, but that presented a larger percentage drop over Broome at 1.7%.

Chenango County’s population declined by 974 residents. That was a drop of 1.9%.

Delaware County’s population dropped by 1,258 people. That’s a 2.6% decline.

Much of the population losses in the region can be tied to the 2011 flood destroying hundreds of homes, forcing residents to relocate.

Economic development specialists also cite the high cost of living and working in  New York.