Boston’s 2008 population is listed as 625,000, about 12,000-16,000 more than the usual federal population estimates for the city, and about 35,000 more than in 2000. Yet it’s less than the 630,000 that City Hall claims in a challenge to the official census bureau’s 2008 estimate of Boston’s population.
But here’s the kicker: The so-called relevant population, roughly speaking the school-aged population, was about 82,000 in 2000 and 2008 alike. In other words, Boston’s adult population grew by almost 7% while the size of the school-aged population was unchanged. That seems a little bit odd, doesn’t it?