Yonkers is a city located in Westchester County New York. Yonkers has a 2023 population of 206,680. Yonkers is currently declining at a rate of -0.68% annually and its population has decreased by -2.03% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 210,970 in 2020.
The average household income in Yonkers is $99,924 with a poverty rate of 13.23%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Yonkers is 39.1 years, 37.2 years for males, and 40.9 years for females.
Yonkers is located in Westchester County, New York on the Hudson River. This inner suburb of New York City is located just north of the Bronx and Manhattan. Yonkers is the fourth largest city in New York after New York City, Rochester, and Buffalo.
Like New York City, Yonkers is an incredibly diverse city with 31% of residents born outside of the United States and 46% of households speaking a language other than English at home. The city has residents from more than 100 nationalities and ethnicities.
Hispanics represent a large share of the population, especially those from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Yonkers is also home to a prominent African-American community, a Slavic community that dates back to the mid-20th century when many people immigrated from Croatia, Russia, Czechoslovakia, Ukraine, and Poland; a large Italian-American community, and an Irish-American community. There is also a sizable Arab population in Yonkers, many of whom came from Palestine, Lebanon, and Jordan. Yonkers once had a large Jewish population but its size has reduced over the last few decades.
Yonkers also has a young population with 25% of Yonkers residents under the age of 18.
Yonkers was originally part of a large land grant known as Colen Donck that ran from the Manhattan-Bronx border to the north and from the Bronx River to the Hudson River. In 1645, the land was granted to Adriaen van der Donck who was known in the area as the Jonker or Jonkheer, a derivation of the old Dutch words for young and lord. The name Yonkers is derived from the name.
Yonkers was a small farming community on the waterfront for more than 200 years. By the 19th century, it became a center for developing industry. Yonkers was incorporated first as a village in 1854 then as a city in 1872. Just two years later, a section of Yonkers was annexed by New York City and became the Bronx. Yonkers voted to remain independent and not consolidate with New York City although residents still call it the Sixth Borough of New York City thanks to its urban atmosphere and nearby proximity.
According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Yonkers was:
Black or African American
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
Average Family Size
Average Household Size
Rate of Home Ownership
Less Than 9th Grade
9th to 12th Grade
High School Graduate
High School Graduation Rate
The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 83.51%.
The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 48.5%.
Other Indo-European Languages
Asian and Pacific Island Languages
52.09% of Yonkers residents speak only English, while 47.91% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 32.52% of the population.
Overall Poverty Rate
Male Poverty Rate
Female Poverty Rate
The race most likely to be in poverty in Yonkers is Hispanic, with 21.89% below the poverty level.
The race least likely to be in poverty in Yonkers is White, with 7.28% below the poverty level.
The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.7%. Among those working part-time, it was 15.36%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 22.34%.
Overall Marriage Rate
Male Marriage Rate
Female Marriage Rate
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 45-54.
Second Gulf War
First Gulf War
World War II
Less Than 9th Grade
High School Graduate
Bachelors or Greater
Veteran Poverty Rate
Veteran Disability Rate
Labor Force Participation
Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.
Born in Yonkers
69.09% of Yonkers residents were born in the United States, with 57.33% having been born in New York. 11.75% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.