Census Update

For Your Reading

In a follow up to Al’s post, Senator’s Gillibrand’s post and Taylor’s post,the Times reported yesterday that “New York City’s mail participation rate was 59 percent, compared with the 57 percent rate recorded a decade ago.”

Some neighberhood by neighberhood breakdowns:

An examination of neighborhoods showed that a census tract near Todt Hill on Staten Island had a response rate of 84 percent, the highest in the city.

While a relatively well-to-do tract in Douglaston, Queens, recorded the second-highest rate — 81 percent — it was tied by two square blocks in the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx, where community groups worked to match the 2000 mail rate of 80 percent.

Washington Heights, with its big Dominican population, recorded rates of more than 70 percent.

Rates fell below 40 percent in parts of Williamsburg and Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, as well as in South Richmond Hill, Queens.

One of the lowest response rates, 21 percent, was posted in a Midtown Manhattan census tract that includes several luxury apartment buildings, including Trump Tower, Olympic Tower and Park Avenue Place.

Arun Peter Lobo, an official with the Department of City Planning, predicts the city’s population will hit 8.4 million if the census is able to record the 41 percent of New Yorkers who failed to return their forms.