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Reference > Population Printer Friendly Version
POPULATION
Population Facts

Here are some interesting facts about the New York City population:

Population Facts
  • With a July 2013 population of 8,405,837, New York is the most populous city in the United States, more than twice the size of the second largest city, Los Angeles.
  • About 1 in every 38 people living in the United States resides in New York City. 
  • New York has the highest population density of any major city in the United States, with over 27,000 people per square mile. 
  • Over 3 million of New York City’s residents are foreign-born; over one-quarter arrived in 2000 or later.
  • Nearly 2 million New Yorkers are under the age of 18.
  • New York City has more people than 40 of the 50 U.S. states.
  • New York City comprises over two-fifths of New York State’s entire population.
  • New York City has grown by over 1 million people since 1990.
  • The 2012 median age in New York City was 35.6 years, almost two years lower than the national median.
  • Over one-third of the population 25 and over in New York City has a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 29 percent nationally.
  • There are nearly 400,000 more women than men in New York.
  • There is a birth in New York City every 4.4 minutes.
  • There is a death in New York City every 9.1 minutes.
  • Although New York City still receives a substantial number of in-migrants, there is a net loss of one migrant every 26.5 minutes.
  • The borough of Brooklyn on its own would be the 4th largest city in the United States.  Queens would also rank 4th nationally.
  • Approximately two-thirds of dwellings in New York are renter-occupied, over twice the national average.
  • The average commute for New Yorkers is just under 40 minutes, about 15 minutes longer than the national average.
  • New York City has the largest Chinese population of any city outside of Asia.
  • More persons of West Indian ancestry live in New York City than any city outside of the West Indies.
  • New York has the largest Puerto Rican population of any city in the world.
  • More Dominicans live in New York than any other city in the world barring Santo Domingo.
  • Over 2.4 million Hispanics reside in New York City, more than any other city in the United States. Were New York Hispanics a city unto themselves, they would rank 4th nationwide.
  • The Black nonhispanic population of New York City numbered 1.89 million in 2012, more than double the count in any other U.S. city. Were this group a city in its own right it would rank 5th nationally.
  • Half of all New Yorkers speak a language other than English at home.
  • An estimated 200 languages are spoken in New York City.

 


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