Brooklyn Population 2020

2,600,750

Brooklyn is New York City's most populous of five boroughs and the second-largest in size. It has the same boundaries as Kings County, which is also the most populous county in the state and the second-most densely populated county in the country after New York County/Manhattan. If it were a city, Brooklyn would be the 4th most populous in the United States.

Brooklyn has an estimated population of 2.6 million with a very high population density of 36,732 people per square mile, or 14,182 per square kilometer. The history of the borough goes back 350 years and it has long been known as a popular destination for immigrants to the United States.

Brooklyn Demographics

At the 2010 Census, the racial and ethnic breakdown of Brooklyn was:

  • White: 49.5% (non-Hispanic: 35.8%)
  • African American: 35.8%
  • Asian: 11.3%
  • Native American: 1.0%
  • Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander: 0.1%
  • Two or more races: 2.2%
  • Other races: 8.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino of any race: 19.8%

Brooklyn has a high female-to-male ratio with 88 males for every 100 females. It also has the largest lesbian community of any New York City borough.

There are many languages spoken in the borough, including Spanish (17%), Chinese (6.5%), Russian (5.5%), Yiddish (3.5%), French Creole (2.75%), Italian (1.3%), Hebrew (1.2%), Polish (1%), French (1%), Arabic (0.9%), Indic languages (0.8%) and Urdu (0.7%). A very high 38% of Brooklyn residents are foreign born.

Brooklyn Neighborhoods

Brooklyn has many well-known neighborhoods, each reflecting the ever-changing population. The Brownsville neighborhood, for example, had a majority of Jewish people through the middle of the 20th century but it is now mostly African American. Meanwhile, Midwood was mostly Irish during the beginning of the 20th century, then Jewish, and today it has a thriving Pakistani population.

Neighborhoods in Brooklyn are becoming more mixed with more immigrants integrating into the various areas.

Neighborhoods and their corresponding major ethnic groups:

  • Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bed-Stuy) has one of the most well-known African-American communities in the city.
  • Brighton Beach and Sheepshead Bay have large Ukranian and Russian populations and businesses. The area is nicknamed Little Odessa and Little Russia. Brighton Beach has the largest concentration of Russians in the state. The area was originally a Jewish neighborhood.
  • Bushwick has the largest Hispanic community in Brooklyn, many of whom are Puerto Rican with some Dominican and people from South America. About 80% of the neighborhood's population is Hispanic. Other neighborhoods with large Puerto Rican, Dominican and Salvadoran populations include East New York, Williamsburg, and Sunset Park. Mexicans are concentrated in Sunset Park while Panamanians live in Crown Heights.
  • Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge have large Italian American communities. There are also Italian Americans in other neighborhoods in southern Brooklyn, including Gravesend, Marine Park, Bergen Beach and Mill Basin. Carroll Gardens has a very old Italian American community.
  • Borough Park, Flatbush and Williamsburg are home to many Hasidic Jews and Orthodox Jews, as well as several synagogues, yeshivas and Jewish businesses and schools. Other neighborhoods with large Hasidic and Orthodox Jews include Crown Heights, Sea Gate, Canarsie, Midwood and Kensington. Non-religious Jews are concentrated in Park Slope, Windsor Terrace and Ditmas Park.
  • Greenpoint is home to Little Poland, a large Polish community in Brooklyn. This is the second-largest concentration of Polish immigrants in the U.S.
  • The West Indian community of the borough is mainly found in Canarsie, Kensington, East Flatbush, Flatbush and Crown Heights. Brooklyn has the largest West Indian community outside of the Carribbean after Toronto, Montreal, London and Miami. Most West Indians in the borough are Jamaican, Haitian and Guyanese.
  • Greek Americans are concentrated in Downtown Brooklyn near Atlantic Avenue.
  • Chinese Americans are concentrated in southern Brooklyn, particularly in Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Sunset Park, Gravesend and Homecrest, with the largest community in Sunset Park, which is known as Brooklyn's Chinatown.
  • Irish Americans are concentrated in Bay Ridge, Marine Park, Vinegar Hill and Gerritsen Beach, although many moved to Long Island in the mid-20th century
  • Arab Americans and Muslim communities are concentrated in the southwest part of Brooklyn, mostly in Bay Ridge.

Brooklyn Facts

  • Brooklyn has a large ethnic press that includes El Diario La Prensa, the oldest and largest Spanish-language daily newspaper in the country, Hamodia, an Orthodox Jewish newspaper and more than 300 other non-English newspapers and magazines.
  • Before 1898, Brooklyn was its own city. Many residents of the borough call this the "Great Mistake of 1898."
  • The average price of an apartment in the borough is more than $630,000. The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment is $3,455 per month.
  • Brooklyn gets its name from Dutch colonists, who originally named the village Breuckelen.
  • Brooklyn has the oldest subway tunnel in the world and the first steel-wire suspension bridge.

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White1,130,25143.46%
Black or African American847,11632.57%
Asian306,82911.80%
Some Other Race230,4488.86%
Two or More Races76,6292.95%
American Indian and Alaska Native8,4270.32%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1,0470.04%
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Brooklyn Population Pyramid 2020

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Brooklyn Median Age

35.1


Total

33.5


Male

36.4


Female

Brooklyn Adults

There are 2,000,990 adults, (343,548 of whom are seniors) in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Age Dependency

56.9

Age Dependency Ratio

20.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Brooklyn Sex Ratio

Female

1,368,840

52.63%

Male

1,231,910

47.37%

Brooklyn Households and Families

Brooklyn Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Brooklyn Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married44%56%
All30%70%
Male29.1%70.9%
Female22.9%77.1%
Non Family19.7%80.3%

30.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All950,8562.6930
Non Family365,4321.3519.7
Married359,8833.6544
Female172,8923.3622.9
Male52,6493.2829.1

3.42

Average Family Size

2.69

Average Household Size

5.3%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.5%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

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Brooklyn Education

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade163,0829.18%
9th to 12th Grade163,3879.19%
High School Graduate455,29925.62%
Some College238,06613.39%
Associates Degree108,9866.13%
Bachelors Degree390,32221.96%
Graduate Degree258,13914.52%
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Brooklyn Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White663,406606,266368,430
Black580,652488,905137,658
Hispanic315,824208,38557,626
Asian217,745143,05674,349
Other Race142,31685,40820,389
Multiple Races40,86834,85918,571
Native American5,3063,5471,082
Islander628533166

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 91.39%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 55.54%.

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$41,099$44,072$38,157
Less Than High School$20,569$22,900$17,089
High School Grad$29,140$32,848$24,754
Some College$36,766$41,646$32,616
Bachelors Degree$56,985$62,048$53,645
Graduate Degree$72,875$81,303$67,100

$41,099

Average Earnings

$44,072

Average Male

$38,157

Average Female

Brooklyn Language

Brooklyn Language by Age

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Brooklyn Language

54.64% of Brooklyn residents speak only English, while 45.36% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 17.61% of the population.

Brooklyn Poverty

Brooklyn Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black837,073176,09121.04%
White933,339166,70917.86%
Hispanic494,312142,82828.89%
Other228,33174,03032.42%
Asian304,85564,69021.22%
Multiple75,78514,78719.51%
Native8,3182,36728.46%
Islander99139139.46%

21.14%

Overall Poverty Rate

19.75%

Male Poverty Rate

22.39%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Brooklyn

The race most likely to be in poverty in Brooklyn is Islander, with 39.46% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Brooklyn is White, with 17.86% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.93%. Among those working part-time, it was 21.51%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 35.10%.

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School33.39%
High School21.89%
Some College16.52%
Bachelors or Greater7.67%
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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed40.12%
Male Unemployed35.01%
Female Employed9.34%
Male Employed8.46%

Brooklyn Income

Brooklyn Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$56,015$85,910
Families$63,925$96,460
Married Families$82,265$118,854
Non Families$40,352$64,095
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Brooklyn Marital Status

Brooklyn Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

40.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.6%

Male Marriage Rate

37.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Brooklyn Married by Age and Sex

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Brooklyn Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Brooklyn Marital Status by Race

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Brooklyn Veterans

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38,322

Number of Veterans

34,699

Male Veterans

3,623

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam11,988
Second Gulf War7,150
First Gulf War5,411
Korea3,408
World War II1,903
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Age Group Veterans
75+9,884
65 to 748,844
35 to 548,570
55 to 647,037
18 to 343,987
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Name Veterans % of Total
White18,8062.15%
Black14,8202.25%
Hispanic6,9291.89%
Other2,0331.21%
Asian1,4550.60%
2 or More1,0032.09%
Indian1832.95%
Hawaiian223.08%

Brooklyn Veterans by Education

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12.58%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.46%

Veteran Disability Rate

Brooklyn Employment Status

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63.5%

Labor Force Participation

59.1%

Employment Rate

7%

Unemployment Rate

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