2010 Census: the Local Perspective

2010 U.S. Census figures released today show New York’s population has grown to 8,175,133. That’s up only 166,855 — far short of expectations.  The disappointing report could have major implications for federal funding and for redistricting. Here’s a look at the numbers impacting local electoral districts.

  • 12th Congressional District (Nydia Velzaquez) 672,358, UP 17,988
  • 14th Congressional District (Carolyn Maloney) 652,681 DOWN 1680
  • 25th State Senate District (Daniel Squadron) 355,683 UP 24,425
  • 64th State Assembly District (Sheldon Silver) 136,671 UP 8576
  • 74th State Assembly District (Brian Kavanagh) 133,261 UP 5167

These numbers were pulled from a report prepared today by the New York Public Interest Research Group.  It has been assumed that New York will lose two Congressional seats in the redistricting process – one upstate, one in New York City.

New York elected officials have come out with strong statements this afternoon, critical of the Census report. We just received the following comment from Speaker Silver:

It is wonderful news, and no surprise, that the Financial District, Battery Park City and other parts of Lower Manhattan have grown in population. Through our hard work in rebuilding after 9/11, these neighborhoods have continued to grow into 24/7 communities that have become ever more popular places to live and raise a family. These latest Census numbers clearly highlight the urgent need for new schools Downtown to serve our rapidly-growing neighborhoods, as well as the necessary infrastructure to support a robust residential population. At the same time, I am disappointed in the Census figures for Chinatown, which I believe has been under-counted, something that has been known to happen in neighborhoods with large immigrant populations. I want to make clear that I will continue to fight for the much-needed resources that the residents of Chinatown deserve, including services for seniors, children and support for affordable housing.”