Source: Sam Roberts

There are 8.4 million people in the Naked City. This is the story of 40,000 of them — the number of people the Census Bureau estimates that New York City lost last year.

The loss suggests that New York’s robust post-recession expansion since 2010 has finally slowed, halting what the city’s leading demographer had called a “remarkable growth story.”

But city officials disputed the Census Bureau’s findings, calling them “tenuous” at best. They said New York’s population may not have fallen, and suggested that the census numbers may be skewed, in part, because of a change in the survey’s methodology.

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