Manhattan is home to fourteen of the 20 cities that have the largest gaps between the 2020 census completion rate compared to 2010 counts, according to data compiled on Friday.
And it’s an unexpected headache for the City Hall census, an effort by Julie Menin, who has managed to achieve the Big Apple’s response rate to within 7 points of the national average of about 66 percent – 14 points since 2010. Reducing the difference by half.
“Without a doubt we would be closer to the national average,” he said, “if it weren’t for Manhattan,” he said.
Menin’s team chases poor returns for poor Manhattanites when the Manhattanites move toward Long Island, when the coronavirus is killed in the spring, so that they can be locked into an epidemic and more spacious environment.
Data from the Census Bureau shows that there has been no uptick in forms filed from those epidemic-avoiding hotspots, meaning that Manhattanites did not simply do the paperwork.
The survey – required by the US Constitution – takes just 10 minutes to complete and can be done online. Its results are used to determine how much money New York City receives from Washington for everything from schools to hospitals.
“For every New Yorker who doesn’t fill it, it means that other states get our funding and our congressional seats,” said Menin, who is ringing alarm bells over Manhattan’s current no-show situation. “This is not the time to be invisible, this is the time to stand up and be counted.”
According to a study released by the good government group Common Cause, Congress potentially has two seats and is estimated at $ 7,000 per house in annual federal funding and support.
Therefore, New York City may take a long time to show Manhattan’s failure so far.
Just 43 percent of households in Midtown have filled the census so far – going more than 19 percentage points behind 2010, possibly costing more than $ 49 million in federal funding alone, a Post analysis found.
The Upper East Side is also trailing by 19 percentage points from the 2010 pace and only 52 per cent of the households completing the 2020 census have it. This difference in federal aid is $ 27 million according to paper shortages.
The story repeats in an equally posh instinct on the West Side.
About two-three homes living in Lincoln Square have completed the 2020 census at this point, which seems impressive – compared to 2010, when 76 percent had completed it.
The Lincoln Square leg alone could cost the Big Apple $ 59 million in federal money.
Further south, West Village, Greenwich Village and Soho are at least 10 percentage points behind the 2010 pace, as of Friday.
All told, 14 Manhattan neighborhoods spend $ 302 million a year in federal funding in the city alone – more than $ 3 billion – until they withdraw their forms, the Post found.
Menin’s team said they have partnered with the city’s Board of Elections to use requests for absentee ballots outside the city to identify the five people from New York who had sent five during the spring Boro had left and would be hit by email, phone calls and mailer. Remind them to get their paperwork.
“Just because you were in the Catskills for a time doesn’t mean you’re not a New Yorker,” she said.