census estimates

on july 21, 2006 dc got 31,528 new people.  well, at least if you’re the US census.  the methodology used?  the washington post article notes

the city submitted building permits from 1999 to 2005, Phillips said, in addition to school enrollment figures showing that public charter schools had absorbed much of a decline in the number of students attending public schools. The city also submitted data showing that the number of people filing taxes in the District had remained steady between 2004 and 2005 and that Pepco was serving an increasing number of residential units.

but you’d think that if this was done in DC, it’d be standard practice for all cities.  i’m actually kinda surprised the census didn’t incorporate these figures already.  but the .pdf i could find didn’t mention anything.

the more i look at these figures, the less i trust them.  lies, damn lies,…

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