Hipsters blamed for low census return rates in New York
H/t to the New York Times and NPR for the following:
It appears that some residents of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, may be “too cool” to fill out the 2010 census. As the National Public Radio correspondent Robert Smith narrates from the enclave of hipsters — or, as some prefer, fauxhemians ortrustafarians — that boasts the city’s lowest return rate for census forms:
SMITH: The Census Bureau is spending $133 million on advertising in dozens of languages telling people that the census is their civic duty, that it helps get federal funding in their communities, but the message isn’t sinking in here in Williamsburg.
Just outside the record store, I meet Jamie Lilly. She knows the ads. She got the form but she thinks that returning it is just supporting a government that she doesn’t believe in.
Ms. JAMIE LILLY: You know, on a personal note, maybe some people, they figure what’s the point to be counted if you don’t count for much anyway? If we don’t count, why be counted?
Counting — or rather, parsing the data from others’ counts — has made Nate Silver a household name in political circles. In this week’s New York Magazine, Mr. Silver, the statistical wunderkind behind the political blogFiveThirtyEight, turns his eye toward the “livability” of New York neighborhoods, the results of which are now available in “Top 50″ form.
Front of the pack: 1) Park Slope, 2) Lower East Side, 3) Sunnyside, Queens, 4) Cobble Hill/Boerum Hill, 5) Greenpoint.
Pulling up the rear: 48) Bedford Park, the Bronx, 49) Parkchester, the Bronx, 50) Harlem.