New York City Census Results Are In, Mayor Already Quibbling

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According to the 2010 Census numbers that came out today for New York City, the population in the five boroughs grew since the last time it was taken — but not by much. There are 8.175 million people here according to the official government tally, a total of 127,000 more than in 2000. Upstate cities like Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse lost from 1.5 to over 10 percent of their populations. But Mayor Bloomberg is already on the warpath, claiming the numbers must be off, and that the city has way more people than accounted for — and these numbers matter, as they will dictate the way the state and national legislative districts will be redrawn in the coming year. "We don't quite understand the numbers," Bloomberg said today. "It just doesn't make any sense at all." He estimates that there are 225,000 or so more people living here than were counted. "There are not a lot of vacant homes in this city," the mayor said, adding that 170,000 new homes were added in the last decade. Plus, "in Queens, common sense says we didn't go up by 1,000 people." The borough populations are as follows: Brooklyn, 2.5 million; Queens, 2.23 million; Manhattan, 1.58 million; the Bronx, 1.38 million; and Staten Island, 468,000. (Aw!) "I know they made a big, big mistake," Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz said. "I'm flabbergasted."

Bloomberg says census figures shortchange NYC [NYDN]
Census 2010 figures show NYC growth, upstate loss [Fox News]