“Residents” not by choice but by Census policy
by Peter Wagner, August 25, 2003
Almost 30 percent of new residents who came to Upstate New York in the 1990s didn’t make the trip by choice, and they didn’t move into subdivisions or houses on secluded cul-de-sacs. They were inmates making their new homes in prison cells, according to a new report on population trends in upstate.
–Gannet News Service, August 24, 2003
Counting prisoners in their home community would avoid this type of confusion that skews Census statistics.
See our New York maps showing how counting urban prisoners as residents of rural prison towns undermines the accuracy and utilitity of Census data.