The city released last Wednesday the fifth installment of its popular series, “The Newest New Yorker,” a comprehensive report on the evolving patters of immigrants to New York City, and the findings show that, at more than three million residents, the city’s foreign-born population has reached a new peak.
That number is large enough to form the third largest city in the United States, bested only by New York City and Los Angeles, according to a news release from the mayor’s office.
The report, which was first published in 1992, helps policy makers, program planners and service providers gain an invaluable perspective on a foreign-born population that continues to shape and reshape the city.
Information in the report was extrapolated from the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, as well as other federal and city administrative data. Complementing the newest report is an easy-to-use, interactive online map showing the largest immigrant groups in each of the City’s neighborhoods as well as where the City’s top-ten largest immigrant populations live.
“Having an accurate picture of where the foreign-born reside, and how they’re doing with respect to their housing, education, employment and economic status enables us to target support that helps immigrants establish themselves and participate in the diverse opportunities our city offers,” said Mayor Bloomberg.
And if there is strength in numbers, then Queens would win the body-building championship across the five boroughs, as it is shown to be where the largest percentage of the newest New Yorkers has settled: Nearly one-half of the Queens residents are foreign-born.
The largest numeric growth in immigration over the last decade took place in the Bronx, while Staten Island saw the largest percentage increase.
“Our nation has the opportunity to finally enact real immigration reform in Congress, and this edition of the Newest New Yorkers is an important resource that helps to build a case for reform so that we can continue to be a magnet of opportunity and also continue to attract some of the brightest minds in the world,” the mayor said.