With offices in Manhattan, Banville Law is one of New York City’s leading personal injury law firms.

Our attorneys are committed to representing the rights of injured victims throughout the state. Our belief is that every New Yorker deserves exceptional legal guidance, no matter their income or social standing. The personal injury lawyers at Banville Law make every attempt to communicate the complex legal matters at issue in clear, everyday language. We want to break down the barrier between ordinary citizens and the law.

As committed members of the community, our attorneys are always on the lookout for new ways to put our professional home in context. With that in mind, we prepared this free infographic on Manhattan’s defining characteristics.

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Manhattan: Populations Facts & Statistics

While New York City is the world’s 24th largest city, the borough of Manhattan is the 14th most densely populated urban area on the globe. At 22.7 square miles, our island was home to 1.626 million in 2013. After a quick calculation, that comes out to a whopping 71,630 people for every square mile.

But while America’s total population has increased annually at a rate of around 0.75% (equal to about 2.5 million new residents each year) since at least 1900, Manhattan’s population growth is much slower. Between the years of 1970 and 2013, the borough’s total residents increased by just 90,000, a jump of only 6%. For comparison, the US population grew by 35% over that same period.

Of course, the US is very large. Manhattan isn’t.

Population Density

The world has denser places, but it usually doesn’t feel like it living in Manhattan. Take Manila, the capital of the Philippines. With a population comparable to Manhattan, Manila comes in at only 14.88 square miles. That’s 35% smaller than Manhattan, making Manila’s density almost 70% greater than our own.

Manhattan is almost exactly as dense as Delhi, India, the world’s third largest city by population.

Manhattan As Part Of New York State

Almost 43% of New York State’s total population lives in New York City. And a huge 8.3% of that population actually lives on tiny Manhattan.

Compared to New York’s total area, the borough only represents 0.00042085196%.


But during the workday, all that changes. Approximately 1.6 million people commute to Manhattan every workday, while only 130,000 leave for jobs elsewhere. In other words, between 9 am and 5 pm, Manhattan’s population doubles, along with its density. 

In fact, two out of every three jobs in New York City is based in Manhattan. Speaking of jobs, almost 15% of all the work on Manhattan is in the “professional, scientific and technical services” industry, a wide-ranging category that includes accountants, engineers and lawyers like the personal injury attorneys at Banville Law.

Another 12% work directly with money, in finance and insurance. Despite the borough’s notoriety as America’s cultural capital, only 5% of Manhattan’s workforce is in the arts.

Money & Income

As of 2013, the median household income in Manhattan was $52,223 per year, around $1,000 more than the national median.

But incomes are extremely different depending on race and gender. For non-Hispanic whites in Manhattan, the median income is $75,145, while Hispanics and / or Latinos make half that, around $36,196 every year. Males make about $6,000 more than their female counter-parts with the same occupation and experience.

Compared to the US overall, New York City’s income distribution isn’t far from the mark. But higher levels of poverty and way higher incomes at the top make income inequality particularly pronounced in Manhattan.

While 14.5% of the US population lives below the poverty line, 20% of Manhattan’s population does. The poor make less in Manhattan, too. In America as a whole, the bottom 20% of earners make an average of $11,544 every year. In Manhattan, they make $9,823.

Manhattan’s richest residents, on the other hand, make more than twice what America’s do. The top 20% of Manhattan households make an average of $420,015 annually. For the nation as a whole, the top 20% earn 54% less, with an average income of $189,718.

For the top 5%, the difference is even starker. Manhattan’s super-rich earn an average $864,394, while America’s top 5% make $318,052.

Contact Manhattan’s Personal Injury Lawyers

Were you injured in Manhattan? You may be entitled to pursue compensation. Contact the personal injury attorneys at Banville Law today for a free case evaluation. Our experienced lawyers will review your situation immediately, then provide guidance as to your best options going forward.

Your consultation is free, and comes with no obligation. Just call (917) 551-6690 or fill out our contact form. You’ll speak with an attorney within 24 hours.