It's not just your imagination. The subways are actually more crowded—in fact, everything is. According to The New York Times, the United States Census Bureau puts New York's population at 8.4 million as of July 1, 2013—the highest number in history. The newspaper also talked to the director of the population division for the Department of City Planning, Joseph J. Salvo, who said that the Big Apple's population has swelled by as much as 2.8 percent since 2010. 

Overall, Dr. Salvo said, “it’s the first time since the late 1940s or early 1950s that we’ve had a net migration near zero or positive.” Three years suggest a trend that he described as “very significant.”

And it doesn't look like the population growth is going to slow anytime soon.  

“Growth is now quite robust, much more so than it was in the last decade,” said Andrew A. Beveridge, a sociologist at Queens College of the City University of New York. “These new numbers show that New York City now has recouped the roughly 250,000 population that was estimated but not found in the city by the 2010 census.”
To help with the increase in aspiring New Yorkers, Mayor de Blasio has promised new affordable housing initiatives. It remains to be seen, however, if supply can keep of with demand when so many people are looking for life in an urban environment. 

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[via The New York Times]