What the Census Does and Doesn’t Do to Politics

Salena Zito|TownHallDaily

On a frigid February morning, the Census Bureau delivered chilling news to the mayors of New York, Detroit and Chicago.

A big chunk of each city’s black population had packed up and left. They took with them political clout, congressional seats, and the federal funding for roads, bridges, schools and other public services, on which big cities depend.

After reviewing the numbers and calculating the impact, New York’s mayor, Michael Bloomberg, led the chorus on the decennial count, demanding a do-over.

The last recount was conducted following the 2000 census, census spokesperson Tom Edwards said.

“We identified potential count problems for 1,180 out of 39,000 jurisdictions across the country. Our corrections resulted in a net gain in population of about 2,700 people,” Edwards noted. “Basically this amounts to 1/1000th of 1 percent of the nation’s population of 280-plus million people counted.”

Even if all of the miscounts were in New York City, a 2,700-person gap would not fix the problems that Bloomberg or other industrial big-city mayors face as blacks (and whites) head south and west.

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