When most people think of New Yorkers, they think of people who are always busy, rushing quickly from one place to the next. It seems that such preoccupations prevented a significant number of New Yorkers from completing the 2000 Census. NYC officials recently stated, “Only 55% of residents responded during the 2000 Census, far below the national average of 67%.”
The Queens Tribune reports, “Officials said that the five boroughs were home to the nation’s highest percentage of hard-to-count residents – immigrants and illegal immigrants paramount among them. Queens is home to the City’s largest immigrant population, with approximately 1 million legal immigrants alone.”
When many people discuss illegal immigration, they presume that it is relegated to border states like Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. However, as the Pew Hispanic Center reported earlier this week, in addition to Texas and California, New York and Florida have the greatest number of illegal immigrants. In a city that has America’s highest population density, the New York City branch of the Census Bureau has a difficult road ahead.