New York City officials will formally challenge the Census Bureau's data for New York City, which Mayor Michael Bloomberg said understated the number of residents in Brooklyn and Queens and overstated the number of vacant housing units in the city.
Although New York was named the most populous city in the country with 8,175,133 residents, its meager 2.1% increase since 2000's Census count left many elected officials skeptical that every New Yorker was accounted for.
The Census Bureau reported that Brooklyn's population increased by just 1.6% and Queens grew by just 0.1%, gaining only 1,300 people since 2000.
"That can't be possible," Bloomberg said at a press conference in Queens Sunday, where he announced his intent to dispute the results.
As evidence of this so-called undercount, Bloomberg cited Census reports of an increase in vacant housing units and a decrease in population in neighborhoods such as Astoria and Jackson Heights, Queens -- both known for their diverse immigrant communities.
"Everything we know about these neighborhoods tells a different story," he said. "They are vibrant, vital communities. People who have tried to find apartments in these neighborhoods can confirm there just isn't an abundance of vacancies."
Bloomberg suggested that empty housing numbers were "implausibly high" because Census Bureau workers marked homes as vacant if they were unable to contact residents.
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