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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Bronx Adds 52,458 People: Census Data

The interactive map below, provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, charts the population change in New York. According to Census data collected last year, the Bronx gained 52,458 people over the last 10 years to bring the borough's population total up to 1,385,108, an increase of 3.9 percent.

The Bronx's growth outpaced that of Queens (+0.1%), Brooklyn (+2.1%) and Manhattan (+3.2%). (Totals for Staten Island weren't readily available.)

New York City as a whole saw an increase of 2.1 percent to put the total number of Big Apple residents at 8,175,133.

In reaction to the report, Bronx Congressman Jose E. Serrano said he thinks -- no, he's "certain" -- the Bronx population wasn't completely accounted for due to the fears and non-participation of the borough's many undocumented residents.

In a press release, Serrano said: "I am pleased to see that New York City is growing including a healthy increase in the numbers of people in the Bronx. I am certain that there was a slight undercount in the Bronx, as there are still many undocumented who are fearful of visits by government officials. I’m also concerned that other areas of our great city were undercounted in the Census, and that this will have an impact on our federal funding going forward.

“That said, the increase in our Bronx community by more than 50,000 people shows that our borough is on the rise and is a desirable place to live and do business."


  1. Not to nitpick, but the actual increase in Bronx population according to Census figures is 52,458 and not 52,845.

    More importantly, this is the second largest absolute increase of any county in New York State (after Suffolk which added 73,981). Percentage wise, the Bronx increase of 3.9% is only 16th in the state, but second only to Richmond County (Staten Island) in NYC -- they added 25,002.

    To put the new population number into historical context, the Bronx is still 5.9% below its population peak in 1970 of 1,471,701. However, we are now 18.5% above the nadir of 1980 when the population nosedived to 1,168,972.

  2. That's almost like swallowing White Plains!

  3. @Gregory: It seems like "totals for Staten Island weren't readily available" means "read the press release and didn't bother to download the data."

    Also, funny seeing your name pop up here. I just joined the food co-op!

  4. The population spike in the Bronx, I would venture to say, is largely due to the inordinate number of homeless people placed in substandard housing here as well as the disproportionate number of other programs (drugs, prisoner re-entry programs and the likes) that are in the Bronx. It's time to share these programs with the other boroughs, including Manhattan.


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