Did 'Hipsters' Ruin the New York City Census?

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A few months ago it was reported that New York City's (already low) 50 percent return rate on census forms was brought down by "the hipster enclave of Williamsburg, Brooklyn," where only 30 percent filled out the forms that help make important funding decisions. "These young, recent graduates with ironic mustaches and plaid shirts are apparently too busy tweeting to fill out a simple census form," said NPR. This week, the issue came up again in a City Council committee hearing called to figure out just why NYC's numbers seemed so off: "Hipsters," said one woman.

Councilwoman Diana Reyna guessed that these young people "only want to be counted in their home state," City Limits reports. Plus, it wouldn't be "cool" to fill out the census, she said.

That's probably only a small part of the problem. Other issues could include "reluctant" doormen, "illegal subdivisions of housing" and a flat-out refusal by residents to participate, but blaming an amorphous group of young people is less likely to spark outrage than, say, calling out a race or even any other neighborhood.

Plus, "hipster" makes for a better newspaper headline. Metro screams today: "Blame the hipsters if city loses out on $2B." Only in smaller print does it clarifying that the issues exist "among others," too.

[jcoscarelli@villagevoice.com / @joecoscarelli]


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hipstersSUCK
hipstersSUCK

I hate hipsters. If I could run them over with my car I would. Theyre not real New Yorkers. Go back to Mommy and Daddy. 

David
David

 There is still no proof that anything was done incorrectly by the census takers.  Could it just be that New Yorkers got tired of the property taxes, income taxes, sales tax etc and said I'M OUT OF HERE??????

Anon
Anon

Is hipster a demographic checkbox on the census form?

Azra
Azra

what about all the Hasidim? I can't see them filling out census forms.

Nora Regis
Nora Regis

Scapegoating a whole portion of constituents? That ain't cool. I called Councilwoman Reyna, and I suggest you guys do the same. Have your friends in the neighborhood do it to. Contact information: District Office Phone718-963-3141

Jb
Jb

Please, hipsters or yuppies pay into the tax base to support all of NYC's failed social welfare programs that they don't use. Then when they wake up and realize they cannot afford to live in the city because they are both too rich (to qualify for subsidized housing) or too poor (to buy a place) its too late and they move into the suburbs but in the meantime this city depends on their tax dollars more then they use the taxes.

niggers
niggers

personally, I think it's all the niggers who are too busy spending their welfare checks on new rims for their hummers, and don't have the time to fill out a census form.

Drew
Drew

The new hipster is the older, out-of-touch person who likes to say hipster a lot and make flat jokes about the stereotype.

exodus7
exodus7

What about the 35 year old hipster too busy spending Daddy's paycheck on caramel soy lattes to drink while typing racist rants on their mac computer?

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