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The Census numbers are in, and New York City is more populated than ever before. But not much more. The New York Times reports that the 2010 count recorded a growth of about 166,000 people since 2000, bringing the current population to 8,175,133. Of those people, 8,175,130 will be waiting on the L train platform during your commute home from work today.
Mayor Bloomberg is upset with the numbers, insisting the count is far too small to be accurate. He is understandably irked, as the first mayor whose city reaches a population of 9,000,000 wins a free party sub. That, and more federal funding.
Joseph J. Salvo, director of the City Planning Department’s population division, told the Times that he believes the actual population is 2.6%-2.8% higher. He cites a disproportionate number of housing in Queens and Brooklyn reported as vacant:
“These are areas that are transitioning to newer immigrants. When the bureau went out they came up dry, could not interview people in those places and declared them vacant. Without regard to immigration status these are people who are afraid to come out.”
The city is deciding whether or not to bring their argument with the Census Bureau to court. They appealed the findings in 1990, but were unsuccessful.
City Population Barely Grew in the ’00s, Census Finds [NYT]