Last year, Brooklyn politicians charged the US Census Bureau with undercounting the borough—missing tens of thousands of residents, thus limiting our access to federal funds and fair political representation. (As always, some people blamed “the hipsters.”) The population growth for the borough in the first decade of the 21st century was about 100,000 people, the bureau said, even though their own earlier estimates were almost three times that. The city filed an appeal, but it was rejected this month.
The bureau released new estimates last week, announcing that Brooklyn’s population grew by 28,000 people between April 2010 and July 2011, “almost six times faster after the Census than in an average year from 2000 to 2010” and the largest growth in the city, the Daily News reports.
“Those numbers are closer to the truth,” Councilmember Vincent Gentile told the paper. He represents parts of southern Brooklyn like Bay Ridge, where the undercounting was allegedly high:
The census claimed the number of vacant housing units had doubled—a notion locals said was absurd… “They were counting whole swaths of Bay Ridge as being vacant. It’s ridiculous. Walk around, and there’s no portion of Bay Ridge where there are vacant and abandoned buildings,” Gentile said.
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