New York City Population 2016

New York City is one of the most populated cities in the entire country, mainly because it serves as the center to the New York Metropolitan Area. New York City has essentially grown into one of the most populated urban areas in the world. This city has served as the home of the United Nations counsel, and it continues to have major influence and impact on the world’s economy, entertainment, media, education, art, technology, and scientific research. The city features five separate boroughs:) Staten Island, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan. As many as 800 languages are spoken throughout New York City, making it the most diverse city in the world when it comes to linguistic multiplicity. The estimated population for the city in 2016 is 8.55 million.

The latest estimates by the Census Bureau of the United States state that New York City’s overall population has increased over the past six years. From 2010 to 2013, the population of New York City increased from 8,175,133 residents to 8,336,697 New Yorkers. According to those figures, that is a 2 percent increase during the three-year period, or an increase of 161,564 citizens. The estimated population for New York City in 2016 has grown to 8,550,405. This reflects growth of 375,300 people, or a 4.6% increase, since the 2010 census.

A majority of New York City’s populous change occurred in the borough of Brooklyn, which showed a population increase of 5.3% between the last census in 2010 and estimates for 2016. The second highest in regards to populous increases occurred in the borough of the Bronx, which reflected a 5.1% increase, followed by Queens (4.9%), Manhattan (3.7%) and Staten Island (1.2%).

These increases in New York City added to the overall growth of the State of New York. It is significant that 84 percent of the total increase in the state occurred in New York City.

New York City Population History

In 2013, it was documented that more people are moving into the city of New York than are moving out for the first time since 1950. This turnaround has shown that there has been an overall change in attitude about living in urban environments. People are beginning to live more broadly, and New York City is a place that can offer its residents that broad lifestyle that they are seeking. Over the next couple of years, these numbers are likely to increase in major cities around the country.

The overall population of New York City has never been higher than it is now (8.5 million people), and it shows that NYC has rebounded from a decline that began right after World War II. That decline hit its major bottom point during the mid-1970s when drugs, prostitution and crime ran rampant throughout its streets. Throughout the years, New York City has transformed itself into a metropolis that can offer its citizens many different things in one area, and this “one-stop shop” attitude for living is an ideology that many people have adopted throughout the years.  

New York City Life Expectancy

The latest research has shown that people who live in New York City live a lot longer than those who do not, and the margin is quite significant. In 2010, the life expectancy of a person living in New York City was 80.9 years of age. This is 2.2 years longer than the life expectancy of the entire country, which is 78.7 years of age. That increase in life expectancy is actually 2 percent higher than the previous year (2009). This research was completed by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the city’s Department of Health.

This does not apply to just one ethnicity either. New York City is quite known for its broad variety of ethnicities and cultures; and as a whole, there has been an increase in life expectancy for all the different races that reside in the major city. Whites, blacks, Hispanics, men, and women have all seen increases in this category. In fact, since 2001, the life expectancy of an African American has increased by almost four years.

These numbers are likely to increase over the next couple of years as Mayor Bloomberg enacts more public health safety measures.

New York City Demographics

In New York City, 44.6% of the population is white, 25.1% is black, and 11.8% are of Asian descent. Hispanics of any race represent about 27.5% percent of New York City’s population, while those who are of Asian descent represented the fastest-growing demographic between the years 2000 and 2010. As a whole, the non-Hispanic white population of the city has decreased by about 3 percent; and for the first time since the end of the Civil War, the percentage of blacks in the city has decreased over the span of a decade.

The income disparity between the citizens of New York City is very wide. According to the latest census, the median household income for a wealthy citizen was $188,697 per year, and the poorest median income was reported at $9,320. This city houses the highest number of millionaires and billionaires in the entire world. Moscow, Russia, follows in a close second.

New York City is also going through one of the biggest baby booms in its history. This is a unique number among major cities in the United States, as the number of children under the age of 5 living in the city has increased by more than 32%.

New York City's Population Projections

The NYC government anticipates that the population of New York City will reach 8.7 million by the year 2020, and that by the year 2030, it will reach nearly 9.2 million residents.

This increase predicts that between 2000 and 2030 New York City’s population will increase about 13.9%.

The report also predicts that by the year 2030, Brooklyn will continue to be the most populated of the five boroughs. Queens will come in second, Manhattan in third, the Bronx in fourth, and Staten Island in fifth.

New York City  Population in 2016 Source: William Warby