Population

Demographics

If the Bronx were a city, it would be the 5th most populous in the nation – with 1.4 million residents. The borough has a slightly larger population than Phoenix, AZ, and a slightly smaller population than Philadelphia.

The Bronx population is younger and less affluent than both the New York City population as a whole and the national average. The Bronx is just under 80% black and Hispanic, and has some of the nation’s highest percentages of Puerto Rican and Dominican residents (24% and 10% respectively).

2000 Census

Bronx County

NY Region

Nation

% Urban:

100%

95%

79%

% Rural:

0%

5%

21%

% White, not Hispanic:

15%

57%

69%

% African American, not Hispanic:

31%

16%

12%

% Asian, not Hispanic:

3%

6%

4%

% 2 or more races, not Hispanic:

2%

2%

2%

% Hispanic, all races:

48%

18%

13%

% Pop. under 18 years old:

30%

25%

26%

% Pop. 65 years & over:

10%

13%

12%

% Pop. Native to US:

71%

76%

89%

% Pop. Foreign Born:

29%

24%

11%

Median Household Income (1999):

$27,611

$56,502

$41,994

Per capita Income (1999):

$13,959

$27,372

$21,587

% Households with income
less than $10,000:

24%

10%

10%

% Households with income
greater than $200,000:

1%

5%

2%

All data from the U.S. Census Bureau, www.census.gov

Language

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that 47% of the Bronx population five and older speaks only English at home, while 44% speak Spanish at home, either exclusively or along with English. Other prevalent languages spoken at home include Italian (1.36%), Kru, Ibo, or Yoruba [from West Africa] (0.72%) and French (0.54%).

Grand Concourse Community Boards: Neighborhood Maps and Demographics

The Grand Concourse runs through Bronx Community Boards 1, 4, 5 and 7.

Maps and comprehensive demographic information for these communities are available in Community District Profiles on the Department of City Planning website. Each district profile contains summary data on population size; birth, death and infant mortality rates; land area and land uses; and levels of income support. Land uses and census tract boundaries are shown on maps and a variety of population characteristics from the 2000 Census are presented for the district as a whole and for each tract within the district. Each district profile also contains lists of Selected Facilities and Program Sites, including public and private schools, parks, public safety, health, mental health and other social service facilities:

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Residents keeping cool during a heat wave, 2006. Courtesy Richard Perry/The New York Times.