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Wk2- CH4: Demographic Data

This chapter reviews some of the primary sources for demographic data including the Census, population registers, vital statistics, & historical data.
Chapter 4 PPT
However, a major focus was the Census so here are some additional links related to the Census and to redistricting.


What's the problem here? The 2010 census contains a number of surprising findings. Taken together, say local leaders, they suggest a serious problem of underreporting. Among the unexpected finds: 
  • The borough of Queens--New York's largest by geography--only grew by 1,300 people, a statistic Mayor Bloomberg called "inconceivable." He said, "Think about that--1,300 people over 10 years. I’m not criticizing them, but it doesn’t make any sense."
  • New York City itself was found to have 8,175,133 residents, a 2.1 percent increase over 2000. But this figure is about 225,000 less than what had been predicted.
  • According to the census, the population of New York grew by 167,000 people since 2000. But Bloomberg says that the city has added 170,000 new housing units in that time, and so "it doesn't make any sense" that the census numbers should be so low. It's "totally incongruous," said the mayor.
Bloomberg and other NYC officials aren't just nitpicking for the sake of it. If the census numbers stand, they'll result in a two-member reduction of New York's House delegation, from 27 to 29. Lower numbers can also mean less federal aid for the city.

on redistricting/gerrymandering