New Census Data Reveals Large Population Gains Across New York City

The Midtown skyline. Photo by Michael Young

Population in New York City reached 8.8 million in 2020, an increase of 629,000 since 2010, according to new data released by The Census Bureau. The 2020 census was the 24th count and the first time that households could respond to the census online, a change many are touting led to more accurate data.

In Manhattan, population increased by 108,378, a 6.8 percent change to 1,694,251 in 2020. In The Bronx, population increased by 87,546, a 6.3 percent change to 1,472,654. In Brooklyn, population increased by 231,374, a 9.2 percent change to 2,736,074, the largest growth across the five boroughs. Queens population numbers has the second largest increase, a 7.8 percent change, or 174,742 to 2,405,464. Staten Island had the smallest increase in the boroughs, a 5.8 percent change, or 27,017 to 495,747.

In New York state, population numbers grew 4.2 percent over the past ten years, or 823,147 for a total 20,201,249. Census numbers also tallied 8,488,066 housing units in the state, with Kings County leading in housing units, a 7.7 percent increase, or 77,361, to 1,077,654 in 2020. Brooklyn also has a 6.3 percent housing unit vacancy rate.

Manhattan saw the largest housing unit vacancy rate of the boroughs, 10.5 percent over the last decade, as housing units grew 7.9 percent to 913,926 in 2020. Bronx County had the smallest housing unit vacancy rate of 4.5 percent, as well as a 6.9 percent change in housing units. Queens’s housing unit vacancy rate is 5.5 percent after housing units grew by 7.3 percent to 896,333. Housing vacancy rate in Staten Island is 5.7 percent, which also saw a four percent increase in housing units to 183,692.

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15 Comments on "New Census Data Reveals Large Population Gains Across New York City"

  1. ..and how many didn’t reply at all..a million?

  2. The question is whether the census was missing many of these people up till 2020.
    Excellent work on the part of the Department of Coty Planning steered the census to about 300,000 addresses that weren’t on its books.

    • Yeah that is much more significant than the ability to respond online, though I’m sure that didn’t hurt either.

  3. Well, at least there was some population increase!

  4. This is amazing since this census was conducted in the middle of the pandemic when half of New York City left and immigrants didn’t fill it out.

    • True but it really depends on when individuals filled out the census information. Most NYers probably left the city after they submitted their census data.

    • Wow half of NYC left during the pandemic huh? News to me. Where’d you get that number?

  5. Why would anyone living in NY bother to respond to the census considering the numbers will always be meaningless and inaccurate.

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