With offices located in Manhattan, the personal injury attorneys at Banville Law are always trying out new ways to put New York City in perspective. By understanding our clients’ homes, we hope to serve them better.
As we’ve found, each borough is as unique as the people who live there.
Queens: Population Facts & Statistics
Queens’ population stands at 2.296 million residents as of 2013. That number has been steadily rising since around 1980, although as in every other part of the city, the Recession of 2009 forced many people to leave.
In fact, Queens lost a larger proportion of its population between 2009 and 2010 than any other borough besides Staten Island:
- Staten Island lost 4.5% of its residents
- Queens lost 3.12%,
- Manhattan lost 2.6%,
- Brooklyn lost around 2.2% and
- The Bronx lost 0.6%.
And while Queens has bounced back admirably, the borough hasn’t yet exceeded its pre-Recession population. Manhattan and Staten Island are in the same boat; the Bronx and Brooklyn have surged ahead.
Compared to their pre-Recession populations:
- Staten Island has only reached 96%,
- Manhattan is around 99.8%,
- Queens is back to 99.5%,
- Brooklyn has reached 101% and
- The Bronx is at 101.5%.
Queens’ recent resurgence is largely thanks to an astounding influx of foreign-born residents. While only 13.07% of the total US population were born abroad, 47.09% of Queens’ residents were.
Here’s how that breaks down by region:
- 23.05% of Queens’ residents were born in Central or South America,
- 16.07% were born in Asia and
- 6.78% were born in Europe.
For the American population at large, only 6.79% were born in Latin America, 3.85% in Asia and 1.52% in Europe.
Queens is extremely diverse racially, as well. In just 12 years, between 2000 and 2012, Queens’ white population has decreased by around 38%, while its Black, Asian and Hispanic or Latino populations have remained stable or grown slightly.
While 65.7% of New York State’s population is white, 27.2% of Queens’ population is.
But language is even more illuminating.
Only a little less than 20% of the US population over the age of 5 speaks a first language that’s not English. The majority of Queens’ residents, 56.16%, do.
- 23.88% speak Spanish as a first language,
- 8.06% speak Chinese,
- 3.44% speak Indic languages (tongues originating on the Indian subcontinent),
- 2.74% speak Korean,
- 1.67% speak Russian,
- 1.56% speak Italian,
- 1.54% speak Tagalog (a language spoken mainly in the Philippines),
- 1.53% speak Greek,
- 1.32% speak French Creole,
- 1.17% speak Polish,
- 0.96% Hindi,
- 0.93% speak Urdu (the national language of Pakistan),
- 0.92% speak other Asian languages,
- 0.80% speak other Indo-European languages,
- 0.71% speak French,
- 0.61% speak Arabic,
- 0.48% speak Serbo-Croatian,
- 0.46% speak Hebrew and
- 43.84% speak English.
(1% of Queens’ population represents 22,960 people.)