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Mayor Criticizes Census for Undercounting DC Population
(Washington, DC) - Mayor Anthony A. Williams today disputed the US Census Bureau's 2005-2030 population projections and suggested that officials there had grossly undercounted DC's population:
"Despite 7,000 new housing units built in the last four years, despite dropping rental vacancy rates, fewer abandoned homes and an explosion of activity by developers all over the city, the Census Bureau today projected that the city will lose 138,000 people between now and 2030. That projection is laughably wrong. It runs contrary to all of the city's best planning projections, which continue to show a surge in growth that will swell the city's population to 712,000 by 2030.
"I have great confidence in our own projections, which have historically been more accurate than those of the Census Bureau, and completely reject this poorly constructed estimate.
"People who live in this area need only look out their windows to see the significant increase in the city's population. My hope is that with continued efforts to spread affordable housing to all corners of the city, along with new commercial growth downtown and near a revitalized Anacostia River, our city will maintain its healthy pace of population growth."
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