How Many Rats Does New York City Really Have? New Study May Come As A Surprise

November 5, 2014 8:02 PM

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The new study shows that--contrary to an urban legend dating back more than a century--New York City does not have as many rats as people. Instead, it says there are no more than two million rats in the Big Apple, which is home to 8 million humans.

"While the rat population remains a serious problem in New York City, there appears to be no evidence supporting the 8 million number," Jonathan Auerbach, a Ph.D. candidate in the statistics department at Columbia University and the author of the new study, said in a written statement.

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