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Getting to Know Wakefield, NY

The slip and fall lawyers in Wakefield, NY, at Banville Law, offer the following look into the area's history and some of its highlights.


Wakefield is located in the northern region of the Bronx borough. This 634.24-acre town is just south of West Mt. Vernon and west of South 
Side. The Bronx River flows along the western border of the neighborhood. Some of the main roadways include East 233rd Street, White Plains Road, and Bronxwood Avenue. 


Prior to the expansion of the railroad, the area mainly consisted of farmlands and forests. In 1840 the New York and Harlem River Railroad began to run through the area, then known as Washingtonville. The Metro-North Harlem Line is now the Wakefield Station. Wakefield was named after George Washington's birthplace, the plantation in Virginia. The area was incorporated into a village in 1889, and thanks to the ease of transportation, it quickly began to develop. 


The heavy population of Caribbean culture is seen throughout the town. Many of the businesses that are Guyanese or Jamaican inspired and owned include:

  • Jerk House Caribbean
  • Jamaican BBQ
  • Cool Runnings Jamaican Restaurant
  • Kingston Tropical Bakery
  • Kaieteur Restaurant & Bakery

Along the Bronx River is the popular Shoelace Park. The park offers hiking trails and kayaking and is part of the Bronx River Greenway trail. 


As of 2019, the neighborhood's population was 70,961. Although the area was formerly known for its large population of Irish-Americans and Italian-Americans. However, in the 1980s, the area had a massive influx of immigrants from Jamaica and Guyanese. The racial breakdown of the residents is the following:

  • 69% African American
  • 21% Hispanic or Latino
  • 3% white
  • 3% Asian
  • 1% Native American
  • 2% other races
  • 1% two or more races

With as many as 52.9% of the residents born outside of the United States, it is no wonder that only 60.8% speak English as their first language. Other languages spoken by the townspeople are African languages, Spanish, and Arabic. The ancestral makeup of the population is as follows:

  • 32.2% Jamaican
  • 9.7% Puerto Rican
  • 8.9% Dominican
  • 8.0% Sub-Saharan African
  • 6.5% Asian

The average household income for the area is $58,265. At least 15% of the area have a bachelor's degree, and as many as 7% have advanced college degrees. The occupational makeup of the working residents is the following:

  • 32.4%  executive, management, and professional occupations
  • 29.8% clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations
  • 19.7% sales and service jobs
  • 18.0% manufacturing and laborer occupations

To get to know more about the neighboring areas: Viewing the Past of Tuckahoe, NY

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Laurence P. Banville
Date Published: May 26, 2021
Laurence P. Banville is the managing partner of Banville Law. As an experienced personal injury attorney, Mr. Banville helps clients recover compensation from those responsible for his clients' injuries. Our firm is located in New York City, serving clients from the five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island.
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