The city will file a formal challenge to the federal government's conclusion that Boston had a population of 675,647 in 2020 - less than city estimates had put it previously and possibly due in part to local colleges emptying out temporarily due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The census numbers are important because they help determine everything from federal aid to the shape of districts for elected offices.
City Councilor Liz Breadon, who represents student-heavy Allston/Brighton, said she's particularly perplexed at Allston's purported 5.9% decrease in total population despite years of construction of multi-family housing. The decrease includes a 40% decrease in the neighborhood's "group quarters population," which includes college students.
The city will also challenge the Census Bureau's counts for immigrants and jail inmates.