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New York State Population Underestimated 225,000 in Census | WETM

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NEW YORK (WETM) – The population of New York State was underestimated by 1.1% in the 2020 census, according to the Urban Institute – a nonprofit think tank focused on economic policy and social.

“It’s not uncommon for New York State, such a massive state, to be undercounted,” said Jennifer Wilson, deputy director of the League of Women Voters.

According to the Census Bureau, if the state had only had 89 more people, it would have retained its 27 seats in the House of Representatives. It is still unclear where the siege will be lost, although two separate maps show two possible outcomes.

“It is very, very concerning to hear that we have had an underreporting of [the] population that could have and probably cost us a congressional district, ”said New York Assembly member Philip Palmesano.

Wilson says there are a number of reasons the New York Census count was underestimated. One of the main reasons, she says, is due to the political climate.

“I think a lot of people were afraid to see or fill out their census with people from the federal government telling documented immigrants, ‘we’re going to deport you,'” Wilson said. “I think a lot of people were really scared.”

Palmesano says he’s also concerned about how people in New York City jails were counted, seeing a difference in the Wyoming census count for people behind bars.

“I have some concerns in the state about the Department of Corrections and reporting the inmate population to the Census Bureau,” Palmesano said.

Despite the roughly 225,000 New Yorkers who were not counted in the 2020 census, Palmesano and Wilson say New York will always lose a seat in Congress.


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