New York City: People Want to Wake Up in a City That Doesn’t Sleep

Jeff Foreman, Director of Policy

New York City’s population is growing according to U.S. Census data released in May. Gotham recorded the largest census increase of any major American city, growing by 61,440 in 2013 census estimates, reaching a new high of over 8.4 million. America’s second most populous city is Los Angeles at 3.8 million, followed by Chicago with 2.7 million.    

Unfortunately, New Yorkers also have the highest homeless population in America (the 2013 HUD estimate puts daily homelessness in New York City at 64,060, 11% of the total U.S. homeless census) and probably the highest unstably housed student population in America (using the definition of “lacking a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence”) at 66,931 in the most recent statistics available.  

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