Blacks Leave New York as Asians Propel Growth

March 25, 2011  |  

(Wall Street Journal) — New York City’s population grew to a high of 8,175,100 over the past decade, according to the U.S. Census count released Tuesday—but the 2.1% bump was still far smaller than officials had anticipated.  Asian and Hispanic populations spiked between 2000 and 2010, transforming the city’s racial landscape. But the number of black New Yorkers dropped 5%, the first dip in that group since 1860. There were fewer whites, as well.    Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other elected officials disputed the count. A 2009 federal survey of New York and the rest of the nation predicted the Census would reflect a 4.8% jump in the city’s population.  Queens, in particular, was a sore point for officials. The Census tally there showed the borough added a paltry 1,300 people.  “The Census says that we have added 166,000-odd people since the 2000 count, but we are concerned that there’s been a significant undercount,” the mayor said. “When three boroughs go up dramatically, and the two most populous boroughs don’t, something is wrong.”

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