A copy of a 2010 Census form is shown at...

A copy of a 2010 Census form is shown at a Census Day event in Caldwell, Idaho. (April 1, 2010) Credit: AP

The U.S. Census Bureau has rejected New York City's challenge to its population figures.

According to the Wall Street Journal, census officials sent a letter to the city saying it agreed there were problems with some aspects of its count, including an error in the "geographic placement of housing units." But the bureau said the error didn't affect the population count.

The city had claimed the census figure was short about 250,000 people because it mistakenly found widespread housing vacancies in parts of Brooklyn and Queens.

The census numbers are used to determine federal funding distribution.

The Department of City Planning said it was "unfortunate no mechanism exists to rectify the errors we identified." It said it'll work with the bureau to improve procedures during the 2020 census.

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