MALONEY ON NEW YORK CENSUS NUMBERS: "Trends Are Right, But Complete Corrected Data Still Blocked"

Mar 15, 2001
Press Release

NEW YORK: The U.S. Census Bureau, today, released data for New York State from the 2000 Census and, on the same day, explained that they completed work for all 50 states for corrected, block-by-block level data, but the Bush administration continues to block the release of the corrected data.

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY) responded to the release of data for New York State, saying, "The population of our city surged, but the Bush administration continues to block the release of data showing the full magnitude of the increase. Our city grew, but we don't really know how much it grew, because the administration won't the release the completed data that would show the city's undercount.

"The Census Bureau said today that the corrected block-by-block level data for all 50 states is complete, but the administration refuses to make it public. Why is the administration hiding it? Why won't they give the final report card on census accuracy? I urge the administration to release the corrected data. When the Census Bureau said it needed more time to iron out concerns over the corrected data, the Bush administration took that as a green light to bury the information forever. That's not going to fly for the more than 3 million people who were missed. It's not going to fly for New Yorkers who know what this means for our city. Now that the corrected data has been completed, it's time for the Bush team to make it public."

The data released today shows that New York City's population increased by 9.4%, to 8 million people, since 1990. Maloney said, "New York City's population surge proves that people continue to recognize how great our city is, but the data doesn't tell the whole story. While it's true that our city has grown tremendously, it's also true that New York is probably one of the most undercounted cities in the nation and we don't know the full extent of the undercount because the administration is blocking the release of corrected data. The administration trumpets news that this is the most accurate Census ever, but they muffle the fact that more than 6.4 million people were missed - predominately children and black, Hispanic, Asian American, and Native American residents."

BACKGROUND: As part of Census 2000 operations, the professionals at the Census Bureau included a quality check of their work in the operational plans. This quality check revealed that there was a net undercount of 3.3 million Americans in the census. Using scientifically approved methods to correct the undercount, the Census Bureau also produced an adjusted set of numbers for the 2000 census, but the Bush administration injected politics into the process by blocking the release of the corrected numbers to the public. A multi-city, multi-region lawsuit is now ongoing to compel the U.S. Commerce Secretary to release the numbers based on clear language in existing law set forth in the Census Act