A record number of New York City residents participated in the U.S. Census Count, according to new figures tallied by the U.S. Census Bureau. But those numbers could be scaled back if the majority-right U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of President Donald Trump’s plan to exclude undocumented immigrants from the count for purposes of Congressional apportionment. The court is now scheduled to review Trump’s plan next month.
The 61.9% response rate was a smidge better than the previous decennial census in 2010, when 61.8% of New York City residents mailed in their census forms. But with a pandemic foiling the city’s boots-on-the-ground efforts for a complete count, Julie Menin, NYC Census 2020 director, characterized the latest tally as a big win.
In a tweet posted on Friday, Menin took a victory lap to celebrate the increased response rate, which comes with a promise of billions of dollars in funding for New York City schools, hospitals, and public transportation, over the next decade. Continue reading