Apparently, Central Park’s population has grown dramatically in the last decade! A light-hearted report that nevertheless makes you think a little about data collection, survey categories, etc…read the rest of the article here.

N.Y. / Region
Census Apparently Did Check Behind Every Tree
By ALAN FEUER
Published: March 25, 2011
Central Park’s population has jumped, according to the Census Bureau, which doesn’t know who the residents are.

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3 responses

  1. brutenbe says:

    What a great article, it really does make you think about survey categories, data collection, and the review of said data. When I read the following, “For historical perspective, Central Park listed a whopping 63 people in the 1990 census, then dropped to 18 in 2000 before climbing to 25, defying all demographic trends.” I had to laugh, and I thought… who are these people that are moving in-and-out of Central Park?

    Thanks for posting this, truly fascinating.

    Brielle

  2. I found this article very thought-provoking. How could the survey takers not know what was meant by central park residents. Could they not tell my appearance or demeanor what can be suggested by this? This proves as social researchers, we must never take for granted the answers that people give, but should inquire additional information when necessary. Nevertheless this information would not be of much surprise if the central park residents were homeless. With the economy plummeting, one can only wonder if homeless rates especially in a place such as central park would not increase. Perhaps these two factors possess a correlational relationship!

    • I found this article very thought-provoking. How could the survey takers not know what the participants meant by identifying as central park residents? Could they not tell by their appearance or demeanor? This proves as social researchers, we must never take for granted the answers that people give, but should inquire additional information when necessary. Nevertheless this information would not be of much surprise if the central park residents were truly only homeless citizens. With the economy plummeting, one can only wonder if homeless rates would not increase especially in a place such as central park. Perhaps these two factors possess a correlational relationship!