Lower East Side Demographic Shift

Posted on: December 27th, 2010 at 6:09 am by

Yesterday, the Daily News parsed through the latest 2010 census data for Manhattan, and it’s all white. It appears that the last decade was reportedly defined by a sharp influx of whites into the borough. The article pins this drastic migration on the “job-obsessed environment and high wages” within the city limits.

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[Orchard Street, April 2009]

Of the neighborhoods profiled in the piece, the Lower East Side and Harlem are both singled out as having experienced the largest shifts in demographic diversity.

Overall, Manhattan’s population has swelled by 5% to 1.6 million since 2000, and educated whites appear to account for the influx, a Daily News analysis of census data shows.

The white population rose by an estimated 11% to around 928,000 in the past decade and, for the first time ever, the Asian population topped 10% at about 165,000.

Between 2000 and 2010, whites went from 2% of Harlem’s population to 9.8%. The black population shrank from 61.2% to 54.4% in the same period.

On the lower East Side, whites now make up more than a quarter of the population. Hispanics accounted for 44.4% of the population in 2000. Now, they account for a little more than a third.

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