Which city has the highest white population

Who are the New Yorkers? - The demographics of the city

Measuring New York's population is not easy. There is no reporting requirement and many people who live illegally in the US prefer to remain invisible as possible. There is also a lot of coming and going in the city. The Department of City Planning is devoted to the difficult but interesting task of figuring out who New Yorkers are, among other things. The latest figures are from July 2018. Although these are certainly not exactly exact, I - who has been walking the streets here for 28 years - can say that it feels very plausible, because I see and feel many of the trends and interpretations described also yourself.

Approximately 8.6 million people currently live in the city - more than ever before! (For comparison: in 1945 there were 7 million and in 1990 around 7.5 million - so the general increase within the city limits is relatively low compared to other metropolises). The population is divided into 35 percent white, 28 percent Hispanics (New Yorkers with a migration background from Spanish-speaking countries), 24 percent black and 12 percent Asian. There are around 400,000 more women than men in the city. Approximately 3 million New Yorkers were born outside of the United States, a larger proportion than any other city in the United States. Only 16 percent of them come from Europe. Currently, most of the immigrants are from the Dominican Republic and China. Mexico, Ecuador, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, India, Russia, Guyana and Jamaica are among the top ten countries of origin.

Two thirds of the newcomers in the last 10 years were immigrants from the USA, one third came from abroad. Often the two groups live side by side in the even cheaper neighborhoods like Bushwick in Brooklyn or Astoria in Queens.

In Manhattan, the most desirable of the five boroughs, the proportion of whites has risen and for the first time since the 1970s they make up more than 50 percent of the population. One of the main reasons is that falling crime levels are moving whites to parts of Manhattan that were previously shunned, like Harlem. Some of these neighborhoods even became “in” areas, like the Lower East Side. Rising rents and prices for apartments are also making it impossible for lower-income people, such as many blacks and Hispanics, to move to Manhattan. Many non-whites who are leaving Manhattan are being replaced by whites.

According to the census, New York is a relatively young city. The 25 to 44 year olds make up the largest proportion. Nearly 2 million are under 18. Among those over 25, a third are college and university graduates.

New York currently has arguably the highest population in its history and it seems certain that the city will continue to grow. The main reasons for this are immigration (and the associated high birth rate), the increasing security and a general trend towards cities with good local transport and residential areas that are compact enough to get around on foot. Some experts believe there could be a million more people in the next 25 years.