Information About New York

The total estimated population is 18,976,457. Density is low at 402 persons per square mile.

Races of Residents

Population by Race: White: 18,386,275; Black: 12,893,689; American Indian: 3,014,385; Two or More Races: 1,341,946; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 1,044,976; Asian: 82,461; Other Race: 8,818; Hispanic Population: Hispanic or Latino: 18,976,457 (100%); Not Hispanic or Latino: 0 (0%)

There are 3,868,133 foreign born residents, of which 46.1% are naturalized citizens.

Most Common Birthplaces

Foreign Born: Dominican Republic: 408,086; China (not including Hong Kong or Taiwan): 233,766; Jamaica: 226,470; Mexico: 161,189; Italy: 147,729; Guyana: 142,154; Ecuador: 139,226; U.S. Born: This State: 12,384,940; Northeast: 899,136; South: 762,754; Midwest: 347,903; West: 194,530;

Most Common Foreign Birthplaces in New York Most Common US Birthplaces in New York

The sex distribution is 48% male and 52% female. The median age is 36 years.

Age Distribution

There are 1,349,873 married couples with children and 1,056,073 single-parent households (17,897 men, 1,038,176 women).

The median household income is $43,393 in 1999 dollars.

Median Household Income Comparisons

U.S.: $41,994; New York: $43,393;

15% of the population lives below the poverty line.

Poverty Level Comparisons

U.S.: 12%; New York: 15%;

Household Income Distribution

In thousands of dollars.

Work Type and Occupations

Work Type: Private wage and salary: 5,626,541; Government: 1,426,893; Self-employed: 480,768; Unpaid family work: 38,430; Occupation: Management, professional, and related: 3,079,837; Sales and office: 2,272,500; Professional and related: 1,944,855; Service: 1,389,202; Office and administrative support: 1,363,778; Management, business, and financial operations: 1,134,982;

Work Types in New York Common Occupations in New York

The average commute time is 34 minutes to and from work.

Transportation to Work

Car or truck (drove alone): 4,620,178; Public transportation: 2,006,194; Car or truck (carpooled): 756,918; Walked: 511,721; Worked at home: 247,869; Bicycle: 25,036; Motorcycle: 3,625;

Transportation to work methods in New York

Educational Attainment

Percent of population in New York.

There are 7,679,307 housing units, of which 3,578,412 are single family homes.

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing

All Housing Units: Owner: 3,739,166; Renter: 3,317,694; Vacant: 622,447; Owner-Occupied: Mortgaged: 2,537,029; Not Mortgaged: 1,202,137;

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing in New York

The median single family home value is $148,700.

Median Monthly Cost for Mortgaged Homes

U.S.: $1,088; New York: $1,357;

Median Rent for Rental Units

U.S.: $519; New York: $605;

The average household size is 3 and the median number of rooms in housing units is 5.

Housing Units By Year Built

1939 or earlier: 2,398,237; 1940 to 1949: 911,533; 1950 to 1959: 1,263,233; 1960 to 1969: 1,120,598; 1970 to 1979: 866,120; 1980 to 1989: 594,390; 1990 to 1994: 259,063; 1995 to 1998: 198,312; 1999 to March 2000: 67,821;

1.2% of homes lack plumbing and 1.9% lack telephone service.

Commonly Used Home Heating Fuel

Utility Gas: 3,651,779; Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.: 2,336,714; Electricity: 615,685; Bottled, tank, or LP gas: 237,949;