Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Census irregularities, explained
Councilwoman Diana Reyna theorized that “hipsters” may be part of the cause for the inconsistency of the Census numbers, stating that some of them “only want to be counted in their home state.” She also added that they might not participate in the Census because it wouldn’t be “cool.”
Another possible reason for the apparent undercount: illegal immigrants who are simply too afraid to talk to the government. There are an estimated 500,000 in New York.
It’s also possible that people did leave the city for economic reasons and that the undercount is actually not that far “under.”
Another explanation for the oddities in the Census Bureau’s data is illegal subdivisions of housing. For example, if a person is illegally subletting his house to a family and actually lives with eight people, he is not likely to admit this to a Census worker. He would either lie about how many people he lives with, in which case the data is incorrect, or he would not bother answering the door at all, in which case his house gets counted as vacant despite the nine people living there.
Let's just say that thanks to our sanctuary city status and lax policies on illegal conversions we will never even come close to knowing how many people actually live here.
Photo from Free Williamsburg