NYC
04/18/2011 09:35 am ET Updated Jun 18, 2011

Census Numbers So Low Because Workers Missed Manhattan Hi-Rises

Some of the most densely packed and desirable neighborhoods in Manhattan hemorrhaged residents over the last ten years, according to the questionable results of the 2010 Census.

The upper West Side, the upper East Side, the West Village and Gramercy all lost inhabitants according to the bureau's statistics.

"That's crazy," said City Councilwoman Gail Brewer, who represents the upper West Side. "It doesn't make any sense to me, like the rest of the census."

Some hi-rise doormen told the Daily News they didn't let Census workers in to count residents for "security reasons." Census workers also labeled some units "vacant" that were under construction.

"The numbers are dead wrong and it makes you wonder if the Census Bureau is living on a different planet," Sen. Chuck Schumer told the News.

City estimates put New York's population at 8.4 million, compared to the bureau's 8.175 million estimate.

Much of the discrepancy is likely due to legal and illegal new immigrants who ducked Census workers.

Mayor Bloomberg announced the city would challenge the Census results, because New York could lose out on Federal funding if the numbers are allowed to stand.