The New York Daily News discusses flawed reporting by the U.S. Census Bureau, which came to light after recent population statistics for Queens showed a much larger population increase than the numbers reported by the Census.
Recent Queens population statistics show the borough is growing despite a lackluster showing in the 2010 Census.
Officials say the new numbers boost their claim the Census count was flawed.
From April 2010 to July 2011, the population of Queens grew by 17,126, according to data released last week but the U.S. Census Bureau.
The new figures place the population of Queens at 2,247,848.
Census results released last year stated the population grew by just 1,343 from 2000 to 2010.
“There’s only one explanation for the completely inconsistent results from the Census Bureau,” said state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria). “They just screwed up the count.”
Gianaris pointed out that the large waves of new residents in Astoria were apparently not reflected in the Census results.
“Anyone who lives in the neighborhood and walks through it knows the area has been growing over time,” he said. “Now the damage has been done for the next 10 years.”
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