Acting Mayor Kim Janey announced today she will formally contest the Census Bureau's Boston head count of 675,647, saying it leaves out significant numbers of students, inmates and foreign-born residents.
Every Boston resident deserves an accurate Census count. This is required by our Constitution and is critical for Boston to receive its fair share of federal funding to support our most vulnerable populations and elected representation at all levels
She said the federal count of college students living in Boston is likely short by 5,000, that 500 inmates at Suffolk County's Boston jails were not included and that the census tracts with particularly low self reporting were those heavily populated by either college students, foreign-born residents or both, possibly due to both Covid-19 and distrust of government head counters in immigrant communities.
In 2020, officials had estimated that Boston had reached a population of closer to 690,0000.