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(AP) - New York City officials are contesting the 2010census figures that found only modest growth in the city'spopulation.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the city's demographer, Joe Salvo,said on WOR radio Friday they have lots of evidence to suggest thecity grew by about 250,000 people more than the census showed.
Census figures released Thursday put the city's 2010 populationat about 8.18 million, a 2.1 percent increase from 2000.
There isn't much the city can do about the tally, whichdetermines how many representatives states get in Congress.
But Salvo and the mayor say they are looking ahead to the CensusBureau's 2011 population estimate, which can be used to calculatethe city's share of federal funding.
They plan to present data aimed at raising future populationestimates.
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