BY THE NUMBERS | New York City’s surging rat census has city officials looking for a real Pied Piper
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The minimum starting salary for New York City’s next director of rodent mitigation, nicknamed the “rat czar” by a city spokesperson. COVID-19 restrictions that spurred prolific outdoor dining led to an increase in street garbage—and also rats. New York City Mayor Eric Adams has renewed efforts against the city’s most persistent four-legged foe.
The number of rats estimated to live in New York City according to an often-cited 2014 study by former Columbia University statistician Jonathan Auerbach.
The cost of rat eradication efforts led by former Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2017. The campaign appears to have had little impact.
The number of young a female rat can give birth to within a year under hospitable conditions, according to the University of Michigan’s Museum of Zoology.