Queens Population 2021

2,287,390

Queens is a borough located in New York, New York in the United States. This borough is the largest of the five boroughs in terms of area, stretching across 178 square miles. In terms of its population, it is the second most populous, falling only behind Brooklyn. In 2017, the population of Queens was estimated to be 2,358,582 residents, giving the borough a population density of over 21,000 people per square mile. It is the fourth most densely populated of the five boroughs.

Queens was first established in New York as one of the original counties. Upon the consolidation of New York City in the late 19th century, Queens was designated as a borough.

Like other New York boroughs, Queens population is spread across many unique neighborhoods. This includes Flushing, Ozone Park, Rockaway Beach and Ridgewood. Each borough has its own identity and ethnic diversity is superfluous in this borough.

Breaking down the population by race shows that nearly 50% of the total population is white. Hispanics make up 28% of the population, Asians over 26%, and blacks over 20%. The total population of Queens accounts for over 27% of New York City’s total population, and close to 12% of the state’s total population.

There are many residents of European ancestries residing in Queens, including Italians, Irish, Germans and Russians. The borough has the largest Colombian, Ecuadorian, Peruvian and Salvadoran populations in New York City. About half of the Asians living in New York City live in Queens.

Queens has a thriving culture and has been the home of many poets, artists and musicians, including LL Cool J, Nicki Minaj, Tony Bennett and Paul Simon. The borough has one of the most diverse economies of all of the boroughs and is home to two of the world’s busiest airports. Popular tourist attractions include Citi Field and Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

The borough of Queens has seen its population rise steadily throughout the years, with the most notable growth occurring between 1920 and 1930. Between the censuses taken in 2000 and 2010, the population grew just 0.1%. However, in the eight years that have passed since the last official census, the population has grown by nearly 6%, putting Queens on track to soon reaching 2.5 million residents.

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White875,19138.26%
Asian583,45925.51%
Black or African American418,42918.29%
Some Other Race316,14113.82%
Two or More Races82,7643.62%
American Indian and Alaska Native10,3260.45%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1,0780.05%
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Queens Population by Race

Queens Population Pyramid $2021

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Queens Median Age

39


Total

37.6


Male

40.3


Female

Queens Adults

There are 1,825,060 adults, (350,514 of whom are seniors) in Queens.

Queens Age Dependency

55.1

Age Dependency Ratio

23.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

31.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Queens Sex Ratio

Female

1,177,620

51.48%

Male

1,109,770

48.52%

Queens Population by Age

Queens Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Queens Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Non Family34.8%65.2%
Female39.7%60.3%
Male39.9%60.1%
All44.8%55.2%
Married54.2%45.8%

44.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Queens Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All778,9322.944.8
Married355,5523.6854.2
Non Family250,4451.3334.8
Female123,4223.5739.7
Male49,5133.6239.9

3.51

Average Family Size

2.9

Average Household Size

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Queens Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade165,89610.08%
9th to 12th Grade129,9147.90%
High School Graduate453,17127.54%
Some College239,16014.54%
Associates Degree127,9957.78%
Bachelors Degree333,18920.25%
Graduate Degree196,07111.92%
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Queens Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Queens Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White452,014412,479203,577
Asian433,063339,323164,625
Hispanic421,943308,95575,812
Black294,820255,61474,983
Other Race205,871145,22529,879
2+ Races46,27737,79515,075
Native American6,8935,0741,110
Islander912678174

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 91.25%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 45.04%.

Queens Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$41,595$44,170$38,700
Less Than 9th Grade$24,406$27,296$19,703
High School Graduate$31,762$35,984$26,746
Some College$41,124$45,272$37,080
Bachelors Degree$55,483$60,529$52,057
Graduate Degree$73,134$79,382$69,010

$41,595

Average Earnings

$44,170

Average Male

$38,700

Average Female

Queens Earnings by Educational Attainment

Queens Language by Age

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Queens Language

44.32% of Queens residents speak only English, while 55.68% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 23.55% of the population.

Queens Language

Queens Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic633,85293,60314.77%
Asian580,39280,55313.88%
White564,67149,3628.74%
Other313,53647,94015.29%
Black409,67945,02310.99%
Multiple81,65610,71313.12%
Native10,2281,33913.09%
Islander1,038716.84%

12.23%

Overall Poverty Rate

10.97%

Male Poverty Rate

13.42%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Queens

The race most likely to be in poverty in Queens is Other, with 15.29% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Queens is Islander, with 6.84% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.37%. Among those working part-time, it was 13.95%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.96%.

Queens Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade19.44%
High School12.41%
Some College9.31%
Bachelors or Greater5.77%

Queens Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed26.40%
Male Unemployed23.97%
Female Employed5.51%
Male Employed4.83%

Queens Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Queens Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$68,666$89,921
Families$76,998$98,449
Married Families$88,805$110,356
Non Families$46,916$64,306
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Income by Household Type

Queens Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

46.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

49.5%

Male Marriage Rate

43.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Queens Married by Age and Sex

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Queens Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Queens Marital Status by Race

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Queens Marital Status

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42,135

Number of Veterans

38,734

Male Veterans

3,401

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam12,250
Second Gulf War7,333
First Gulf War6,077
Korea5,217
World War II2,814

Queens Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+13,491
65 to 749,455
35 to 548,470
55 to 646,734
18 to 343,985

Queens Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White23,1903.24%
Black11,6123.49%
Hispanic7,6811.60%
Asian3,2830.69%
Other Race2,5461.08%
2+ Races1,3022.38%
Native American1291.57%
Islander737.73%

Queens Veterans by Race

Queens Veterans by Education

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7.44%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.24%

Veteran Disability Rate

Queens Veterans by Education

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64.2%

Labor Force Participation

60.6%

Employment Rate

5.6%

Unemployment Rate

Queens Employment by Age

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Queens Employment by Race

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Queens Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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44.84%

Born in Queens

52.76%

Native Born

47.24%

Foreign Born

19.89%

Non Citizen

27.35%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

52.76% of Queens residents were born in the United States, with 44.84% having been born in NY. 19.89% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Queens Place of Birth