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You won't believe how many rats are in New York

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Jennifer Picht

Are you ready for another dose of New York rat stats? We stumbled upon some disturbing data—accumulated and visually documented by blogger Jowanza Joseph—who reveals which NYC neighborhoods have the most rodent complaints. But before we reveal what you’re totally dying to find out, let’s sum up what we already know about these unwanted pests:

1. New York rats are a lot bigger than you probably realize, and possess the uncanny ability to drag a slice of pizza onto the subway.

2. Rat Complaints and sightings are soaring in Manhattan, including neighborhoods like Chinatown and the Lower East Side.

3. You can buy Pizza Rat merchandise now.

4. We use mechanical rats to torture and invoke fear in tourists for pleasure.

Needless to say, we have a bit of a rat obsession problem. But how bad is it? You can take a detailed look on this NYC Open Data site, which documents all the sightings of mice and rats in New York. But Joseph created a geographic map, which basically shows that our rat count has reached the level of a severe storm. And the numbers just keep growing, so that's neat.  

Joseph further breaks down the data by category (borough, location type and how many rat sightings are noted per day). So here are some very interesting rat stats from the year 2010 to 2016:

Brooklyn has the most rat sightings, particularly in Bushwick. 

Staten Island has the least, whereas Queens has far fewer than expected.  

29,174 rats were discovered in three-plus family apartment buildings across New York in the past five years.  

More rat sightings were documented on a Monday over the last five years, with a whopping number of 12,940. 

Sure, there are likely some irregularities in this information, but, er, at least now you know? 

(View charts here)

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