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April 1, 2012

Rachaele Raynoff / Jovana Rizzo (City Planning) – (212) 720-3471

The Outcome of the Count Question Resolution Process

Sunday, April 1, 2012 -- The Census Bureau has determined that New York City’s Count Question Resolution (CQR) challenge of August 2011 will not result in a change in the City’s 2010 population. The Census Bureau's examination of the addresses City Planning submitted did not reveal errors admissible under CQR. Admissible errors are only those concerning geographic boundaries and the processing of data already collected in the census enumeration; the Census Bureau does not change numbers produced from an enumeration, unless the error falls into those categories. The CQR process does not consider other types of errors in the 2010 Census that may have affected the city’s population count.

We identified clear anomalies in the census count in portions of Brooklyn and Queens that revealed significant shortcomings in the Census Bureau’s procedures, resulting in neighborhoods of high growth being undercounted.

The Census Bureau showed a real willingness to work with the City and carefully examined our appeal, but it is unfortunate no mechanism exists to rectify the errors we identified. City Planning’s demographers and technical specialists will continue to engage with their counterparts at the Census Bureau to examine what occurred and to improve census procedures for the future to ensure that New York is more accurately counted in the 2020 Census.

PDF Document Mayor Bloomberg's letter to Dr. Robert Groves, Director of the U.S. Census Bureau
PDF Document Response letter from the U.S. Census Bureau

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The Department of City Planning (DCP) promotes strategic growth, transit-oriented development, and sustainable communities in the City, in part by initiating comprehensive, consensus-based planning and zoning changes for individual neighborhoods and business districts, as well as establishing policies and zoning regulations applicable citywide. It supports the City Planning Commission and each year reviews more than 500 land use applications for actions such as zoning changes and disposition of City property. The Department assists both government agencies and the public by providing policy analysis and technical assistance relating to housing, transportation, community facilities, demography, waterfront and public space.

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