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2005 social indicators cover 2005 Annual Report on Social Indicators, selected indicators of conditions in New York City, including population, economy, crime, health, education, poverty, housing and the environment. ($6.00)
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The Annual Report on Social Indicators, prepared by the Department of City Planning as mandated by the City Charter, is a compendium of data on the social, physical and environmental health of the city.  The data are compiled from city, state and federal sources and summarized on a calendar or fiscal year basis.  Highlights of the 2005 report are as follows.


  • According to Census Bureau population estimates, New York City's population increased from 8,008,278 in April of 2000 to 8,143,197 persons in July of 2005.
  • According to the certificate of occupancy-driven DCP population estimates, the population of New York City in July of 2005 was 8,213,839, an increase of 205,600 or 2.6 percent since April of 2000.
  • Using QCEW data, that covers employment information based upon quarterly reports from employers under New York State Unemployment Insurance Law, New York City's private employment totaled 2,947,505 in 2005.
  • In 2005, the citywide average salary across all industries declined by -2.2 percent to $67,858 from 2001 (after adjusting 2001 wages for inflation).
  • New York City gained 268,700 of jobs over the last ten years (1995-2005). In industries such as the professional and business services and educational and health services, employment numbers saw gains of over 100,000 jobs in a ten-year period.
  • Wages, from 2001 to 2005 (adjusted for 2005 inflation), has dropped in the following private industries: transportation and warehousing (-7.8%), construction (-7.3%), management of companies and enterprises (-6.3%), arts entertainment (-3.4%) and accommodation and food services (-2.8%).
  • New York City's per capita personal income (adjusted for inflation) decreased by 3.0 percent or from $44,268 to $42,945 from 2001 to 2005.
  • In 2005, total crime was at 217,132, a decrease of 46,632, from 2001.
  • During FY 2005, DOC admitted 102,772 inmates, the lowest number of admissions since FY 1993.
  • Felony cases dropped 34.9 percent, from 60,868 in FY 2001 to 39,605 in FY 2005.
  • In CY 2005, there were 316,334 new cases filed in the Criminal Court, a citywide decrease of 6.5% in five years.
  • From 2000 to 2005, the number of live births in New York City decreased from 125,563 to 122,725.
  • The percent of multiple births increased by 9%; from 3.5% in 2000 to 3.8% in 2005.
  • The proportion of multiple births to New York City mothers continued its general trend of increase: increasing from 3.5% in 2000 to 3.8% in 2005.
  • In 2005, the five leading causes of death for New Yorkers were heart disease, cancer, influenza/pneumonia, diabetes and stroke.
  • From the beginning of the epidemic through the end of 2005, 151,857 cases of AIDS have been diagnosed and reported in New York City, including 2,118 in children less than 13 years old.
  • As of the end of 2005, over 95,000 people were reported in NYC to be living with HIV/AIDS.
  • In 2005, New York City recorded 984 confirmed tuberculosis cases, the lowest number since tuberculosis became reportable in 1897.
  • From FY 2001 through FY 2005, the total enrollment of New York City public schools decreased from 1,103,245 to 1,075,338 students.
  • The number of English language learners (ELLs), including general and special education students was 143,500 for FY 2005, representing a 5.3 percent decrease from 151,530 students in FY 2001.
  • Immigrant students are students born outside the United States or its territories who have been enrolled in U.S. schools for 3 years or less. In FY 2005, the total number of immigrant students, 75,046, continued to decrease from the high of 129, 463 in 1996.
  • The four-year graduation rate for the Class of 2005 was 58.2 percent.
  • In Fiscal Year 2005, the attendance at the Cultural Institutions Group (CIG) was 16.7 million visitors.
  • Visitors, domestic and international, totaled 42.6 million in 2005 (according to NYC and Company), an increase of 6.5 percent.
  • At the end of FY 2005, the number of public assistance (PA) recipients was 416,164 in June 2005; a 4.9 percent decrease over Fiscal 2004 and a 62.8 percent decrease over June 1995.
  • Food stamp participation increased from 991,793 in June 2004 to 1,086,190 in June 2005, a 9.5% increase.
  • During Fiscal 2005, the number of people receiving public health insurance increased from 2.46 million to 2.59 million.
  • The number of individuals with HIV/AIDS who are receiving HRA's comprehensive case management services decreased slightly from 31,863 in June 2004 to 31,644 in June 2005.
  • During FY 2005, Children's Services responded to 50,251 reports of suspected child abuse or neglect involving 79,351 children, compared to 51,477 reports involving 79,555 children in FY 2004.
  • In FY 2005, on average there were 28,781 children in foster care.
  • In FY 2005, the Division of Family Services provided shelter to families in 163 facilities of which 75 were Tier II residences; 20 were residences for adult families; and 68 were hotels, scatter-sites or reception centers.
  • In FY 2005, a total of 8,221 gut rehabilitation and new construction units, and 10,031 moderate rehabilitation units were started by HPD, leading to a total of 18,252 units of governmentally assisted housing.
  • According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the total number of new privately-owned residential permits issued citywide increased by 87.5%, from 2001 to 2005.
  • Annual average weekday ridership on the buses and subway was 6.9 million in 2004, a decrease of 18.4% from the previous year. Ridership was 7.1 million in 2005; an increase of 2.2% percent from 2001.
  • Metro North Railroad's average annual weekday ridership in 2004 was 248,500, and 257,800 in 2005; an increase of 2.1 percent from 2001.
  • In 2004, 93.9 million passengers used the region's three airports, and in 2005, the number increased by 6.3% to 9.8 million passengers.
  • In 2005, the number of residential and commercial passenger car registrations decreased by 9.2% in New York City since 2001.
  • During FY 2004 DSNY collected 3,525,714 tons of residential solid waste, and 3,288,271 tons in FY 2005, an increase of 10.52% from FY 2001.
  • Despite a long-term trend toward improved air quality in New York City, the City continues to be designated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as being in "severe nonattainment" under the national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone, a colorless, odorless gas associated with smog.
  • The City was recently designated as being in "moderate non-attainment" for PM-2.5 and Manhattan remains classified as a "moderate non-attainment" area for PM-10. PM-10 and 2.5 designate a variety of solid, semi-solid and liquid particles and droplets with a diameter of 10 microns or less (coarse) and 2.5 microns or less (fine) which can lead to impaired lung functioning, lung cancer and heart attacks.

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