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Seeing The Numbers: NYC

Thursday, June 19, 2008

We continue our series with Marc Perry, Chief of the Population Distribution Branch at the U.S. Census, on the new Census Atlas of the United States. This week, we look at some of the NYC-specific maps:

Slideshow: NYC Maps

Also, Andrew Beveridge, Professor of Sociology for Social Explorer and chair of the Sociology department at Queens College, helps us flesh out what those maps tell us about New York.

Brian with the new Census Atlas

Guests:

Andrew Beveridge and Marc Perry

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Comments [13]

John Celardo from Fanwood, NJ

I grew up on Staten Island, and I'm surprised how Italian it is!

Jun. 19 2008 10:58 AM
Robert from NYC

Oddly except for the tiniest section of upper west side there is no American.

Jun. 19 2008 10:58 AM
Priscila from Brooklyn

where are the south americans?

Jun. 19 2008 10:58 AM
ed derrico from westchester

re: Are census data believable?

When I was a kid in the Bronx in the 50's, many entire blocks were not built up. Many areas of Staten Island were wilderness. Manhattan did not have all the high rise buildings on the avenues like now. Similarly for Brooklyn and Queens.
Anyway, here's the point: census says that NYC population now is a little over 8 miilion. I remeber hearing a WNYC promo where the announcer states "this city of over 7-1/2 million."
How is this possible? The numbers don't seem right.

Jun. 19 2008 10:57 AM
andrew from Morningside Heights

A map demonstrating poverty and economic inequality in the city would have been educational... something we tend not to want to focus on, even on WNYC?

Jun. 19 2008 10:57 AM
Marianne from S.I.

Why does NYC end in the midline of Staten Island?

Jun. 19 2008 10:56 AM
hjs from 11211

RAI
my guess: it's part of a federal census block.

Jun. 19 2008 10:55 AM
mgdu from hell's kitchen

map #3 reveals high concentration of foreign born living in central park

Jun. 19 2008 10:55 AM
John from Manhattan

Why does Central PArk show over 50% foreign born?

Jun. 19 2008 10:55 AM
Robert from NYC

Look at that, no population on the lake in Central Park!!

Jun. 19 2008 10:55 AM
Robert from NYC

There are many new even still unoccupied yet apartment building 6+ stories all along 3rd Ave, Morris Ave, Melrose Ave in the South Bronx.

Jun. 19 2008 10:52 AM
Robert from NYC

Well those spots just below what is obviously Central Park are the theatre district and not so populated with residences that's mostly business.

Jun. 19 2008 10:48 AM
RAI from Manhattan

The maps in your slideshow contain at least three obvious errors (at least in my view):
1. Central Park is included as a populated area in maps 2, 3, and 4.
2. Flushing Meadow Park is included as a populated area in all 4 maps.
3. JFK Airport is included as a populated area in maps 2, 3, and 4, while LaGuardia Airport is not.
Why are these rather large unpopulated areas
not indicated as such on the maps?

Jun. 19 2008 10:29 AM

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