Staten Island Population 2021

474,893

Staten Island is one of 5 boroughs in New York City and located in the southwest area of the city. Staten Island is separated from New York by the New York Bay and New Jersey by the Kill Van Kull and Arthur Kill (tidal straits).

Staten Island has an estimated population of 475,000, which makes it the least populated of the five boroughs, despite being the third-largest with 59 square miles of land. In fact, it is sometimes referred to as "the forgotten borough" by residents who feel neglected. Staten Island has a population density of 8,112 people per square mile, or 3,132 per square kilometer.

The most urban part of the island is the North Shore, with the neighborhoods of Stapleton, Clifton, Tompkinsville and St. George. The East Shore, meanwhile, has the FDR Boardwalk, which is the 4th longest boardwalk in the world at 2.5 miles. The West Shore is the least populated and mostly industrial while the South Shore is primarily suburbs.

Staten Island Demographics

According to the 2010 census, the racial and ethnic breakdown of Staten Island was:

  • White: 75.7% (Non-Hispanic: 65%)
  • Black or African American: 10.6%
  • Asian: 7.5%
  • 0.4% American Indian and Alaska Native
  • Other race (non-Hispanic): 0.2%
  • Two or more races: 2.6%
  • Hispanic or Latino of any race: 17.3%

Staten Island is the only New York City borough with a non-Hispanic white majority. About 20% of the population is foreign born, but 78% were born were the United States.

Common European ancestry groups in Staten Island:

  • Italian: 34.7%
  • Irish: 14.2%
  • German: 5.7%
  • Russian: 3.8%
  • Polish: 3.4%
  • English: 1.6%
  • Ukrainian: 1.3%
  • Norwegian: 1.0%
  • Greek: 1.0%

There is a large Russian population on Staten Island in South Beach, Great Kills and Rossville, as well as a large Polish community in Midland Beach and South Beach. On the northeastern tip of the island and around Victory Boulevard there is a sizable Sri Lankan population. Little Sri Lanka of Staten Island is one of the largest Sri Lankan communities outside of Sri Lanka. There is also a community of Chinanteco-speaking Mexican Americans. Most of the Hispanic and African American people in Staten Island live north of the Staten Island Expressway.

Staten Island Facts

  • Before it was closed in 2001, Staten Island had the world's largest landfill. It was temporarily reopened to receive debris from the September 11th terrorist attacks. It will be turned into the second largest public park of New York City.
  • The Staten Island Ferry connects Staten Island to Manhattan and offers views of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
  • Staten Island is the only borough with a non-Hispanic white majority.
  • Scheduled to be completed in 2016, the New York Wheel may become the world's tallest Ferris wheel once it's constructed in the St. George neighborhood of Staten Island.
  • Movies filmed in Staten Island include The Godfather, GoodFellas, Analyze This, Big Daddy and a Beautiful Mind.
  • Once it is completed, Freshkills Park in Staten Island will be 3x larger than Central Park.
  • The towns of Staten Island were dissolved in 1898 and consolidated into the City of Greater New York. The jail system was not transferred until 1942, however, unlike the other boroughs. A 1993 referendum to secede from NYC had a 65% vote to secede, but it was blocked.
  • The area was named Statten Eylandt by Henry Hudson in 1609.

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White352,03474.13%
Black or African American48,95810.31%
Asian44,2469.32%
Some Other Race17,5483.70%
Two or More Races10,8622.29%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,0260.22%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander2190.05%
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Staten Island Population by Race

Staten Island Population Pyramid $2021

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Staten Island Median Age

40.1


Total

38.4


Male

41.4


Female

Staten Island Adults

There are 370,655 adults, (75,442 of whom are seniors) in Staten Island.

Staten Island Age Dependency

60.9

Age Dependency Ratio

25.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

35.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Staten Island Sex Ratio

Female

244,833

51.56%

Male

230,060

48.44%

Staten Island Population by Age

Staten Island Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Staten Island Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married83%17%
All69.3%30.7%
Male66.2%33.8%
Female53%47%
Non Family50%50%

69.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Staten Island Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All166,2462.8269.3
Married91,5523.583
Non Family43,3711.1550
Female23,5023.1553
Male7,821366.2

3.33

Average Family Size

2.82

Average Household Size

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Staten Island Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade16,1474.88%
9th to 12th Grade21,0606.37%
High School Graduate100,45230.38%
Some College56,73017.16%
Associates Degree24,2967.35%
Bachelors Degree66,63220.15%
Graduate Degree45,34413.71%
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Staten Island Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Staten Island Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White214,385198,69678,295
Hispanic51,47840,3589,829
Asian32,03326,09014,465
Black30,70626,1848,147
Other Race10,3567,8571,801
2+ Races4,4554,1491,670
Native American734663260
Islander14512736

The highest rate of high school graduation is among 2+ races people with a rate of 93.13%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 45.16%.

Staten Island Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$53,576$61,322$44,989
Less Than 9th Grade$26,164$30,909$18,657
High School Graduate$41,285$51,869$30,798
Some College$49,408$59,348$39,228
Bachelors Degree$65,981$74,646$58,051
Graduate Degree$78,147$88,235$72,446

$53,576

Average Earnings

$61,322

Average Male

$44,989

Average Female

Staten Island Earnings by Educational Attainment

Staten Island Language by Age

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Staten Island Language

67.37% of Staten Island residents speak only English, while 32.63% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 12.24% of the population.

Staten Island Language

Staten Island Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White286,07419,0516.66%
Hispanic86,49818,11320.94%
Black47,89612,57726.26%
Other17,3085,03829.11%
Asian43,9555,02811.44%
Multiple10,8261,71815.87%
Islander2197634.70%
Native1,000555.50%

11.65%

Overall Poverty Rate

10.58%

Male Poverty Rate

12.66%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Staten Island

The race most likely to be in poverty in Staten Island is Islander, with 34.70% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Staten Island is Native, with 5.50% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.78%. Among those working part-time, it was 9.97%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 20.92%.

Staten Island Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade27.79%
High School12.01%
Some College8.69%
Bachelors or Greater4.32%

Staten Island Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed24.38%
Male Unemployed17.37%
Female Employed4.03%
Male Employed3.35%

Staten Island Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Staten Island Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$82,783$104,629
Families$100,517$119,855
Married Families$115,603$135,082
Non Families$39,386$55,481
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Income by Household Type

Staten Island Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

52.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

55.6%

Male Marriage Rate

48.9%

Female Marriage Rate

Staten Island Married by Age and Sex

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Staten Island Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Staten Island Marital Status by Race

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Staten Island Marital Status

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14,964

Number of Veterans

14,224

Male Veterans

740

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam5,473
First Gulf War1,894
Second Gulf War1,650
Korea1,541
World War II668

Staten Island Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 744,839
75+4,600
35 to 542,605
55 to 641,940
18 to 34980

Staten Island Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White12,7384.55%
Hispanic2,3223.82%
Black1,1583.21%
Other Race4113.37%
2+ Races3055.53%
Asian2960.83%
Native American567.24%

Staten Island Veterans by Race

Staten Island Veterans by Education

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8.12%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.02%

Veteran Disability Rate

Staten Island Veterans by Education

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58.8%

Labor Force Participation

56%

Employment Rate

4.6%

Unemployment Rate

Staten Island Employment by Age

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Staten Island Employment by Race

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Staten Island 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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69.78%

Born in Staten Island

76.75%

Native Born

23.25%

Foreign Born

7.64%

Non Citizen

15.61%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

76.75% of Staten Island residents were born in the United States, with 69.78% having been born in NY. 7.64% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Staten Island Place of Birth