The United States Census Bureau rejected New York City's challenge to the 2010 Census results on Sunday. The Bureau maintains that its numbers were accurate, totaling the city's population at 8.2 million. However, city officials argue that the number was actually closer to 8.4 million, according to NY1.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg sent a letter to the U.S. Census Bureau last August, challenging the statistics they had released and contending that the bureau had failed to count tens of thousands of people. He argued that housing units in Brooklyn and Queens may have mistakenly been counted as vacant. Census numbers help to determine the amount of federal funds the city receives.
The Census Bureau did admit that it made errors when calculating geographic placement. Nevertheless, the error does not affect total population.