Just two million rats call the Big Apple home, statistician says

November 7, 2014 6:06 AM

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Just two million rats call the Big Apple home, statistician says

New York City's precise rat population may never be known but a researcher estimates there are two million of the rodents in the Big Apple. – AFP picNEW YORK, Nov 7 — There may be eight million stories in the Big Apple, but one of them — that New York City is home to eight million rats, or one for every human resident — is probably a tall tale, according to research by a Columbia University statistician.

In truth, the city's rat population is probably closer to two million, said Jonathan Auerbach, a Columbia doctoral student who wrote an essay on the subject published in Significance magazine.

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