Thursday, February 12, 2009

Immigration Today - Flocking to the Bronx

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Lower East Side was a mecca for immigrants. Today, that role is served by areas like Queens and, more recently, the Bronx, a borough once dominated by Puerto Ricans and African Americans.

We've pulled a couple of interesting statistics from the New York Daily News on the Bronx's changing demographics:

  • 31% of the borough's 1.4 million residents were born overseas
  • 55% of residents speak a language other than English at home
  • Hispanics and Latinos make up 51% of the borough's population
  • 8,749 Albanians live in the Bronx
  • The West Indian (primarily Jamaican) population has doubled since 1990
  • The number of Italian and Irish immigrants has decreased over the last decade
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