NYC Population Growth Stagnant?

Today the New York Times reports that according to the newly released Census figures, the population for New York City only grew by 587 residents between 2005 and 2006, a number that is statistically insignificant. However, city officials will once again challenge this estimate, as they argue that the population has increased by a much larger number. The city has successfully challenged Census figures in the past- adding as many as 70,000 residents to the original numbers. Since these figures are used to determine New York’s share of federal and state funding, it’s important to have an accurate count. New York’s immigrant and young transient population make it difficult to get an accurate number using traditional procedures. The city will use it’s data on residential construction to argue it’s case.

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