Yonkers, New York Population 2020

199,021

Yonkers is a city located in Westchester County, New York. With a 2020 population of 199,021, it is the 4th largest city in New York (after New York, Buffalo, and Rochester) and the 123rd largest city in the United States. Yonkers is currently declining at a rate of -0.16% annually but its population has increased by 1.55% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 195,976 in 2010. Yonkers reached it's highest population of 204,297 in 1970. Spanning over 20 miles, Yonkers has a population density of 11,049 people per square mile.

The average household income in Yonkers is $87,293 with a poverty rate of 16.01%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,344 per month, and the median house value is $392,300. The median age in Yonkers is 39 years, 37.2 years for males, and 40.6 years for females. For every 100 females there are 91.6 males.

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.

Diversity

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.

Yonkers Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Yonkers was:

  • White: 55.33%
  • Black or African American: 18.37%
  • Other race: 14.90%
  • Asian: 6.98%
  • Two or more races: 3.85%
  • Native American: 0.53%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.05%
The current population of Yonkers, New York is 199,021, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 199,663. The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 195,976.

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White110,51455.33%
Black or African American36,69118.37%
Some Other Race29,76314.90%
Asian13,9356.98%
Two or More Races7,6953.85%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,0510.53%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander960.05%

Yonkers Population Pyramid 2020

Yonkers Median Age

39


Total

37.2


Male

40.6


Female

Yonkers Adults

There are 157,378 adults, (33,088 of whom are seniors) in Yonkers.

Yonkers Age Dependency

60.7

Age Dependency Ratio

26.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

34.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Yonkers Sex Ratio

Female

104,261

52.20%

Male

95,484

47.80%

Yonkers Households and Families

Yonkers Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Yonkers Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married62.8%37.2%
All46.5%53.5%
Non Family38.8%61.2%
Male35%65%
Female28.9%71.1%

46.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All74,8482.6346.5
Married29,8493.5162.8
Non Family27,6171.1738.8
Female12,3613.3928.9
Male5,0213.535

3.38

Average Family Size

2.63

Average Household Size

5.2%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.3%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Yonkers Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade11,5118.32%
9th to 12th Grade13,5239.77%
High School Graduate34,63025.02%
Some College22,88316.53%
Associates Degree10,4787.57%
Bachelors Degree25,75018.60%
Graduate Degree19,64914.19%

Yonkers Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White59,96153,68624,515
Hispanic45,63831,4869,478
Black24,03019,8646,078
Other Race18,85813,0363,064
Asian10,0298,8425,480
Multiple Races3,9353,2931,434
Native American70441222
Islander7534

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 89.53%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 54.64%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$44,774$50,386$40,888
Less Than High School$25,203$29,148$17,918
High School Grad$35,073$41,225$26,275
Some College$40,802$50,486$32,713
Bachelors Degree$62,702$65,507$60,308
Graduate Degree$76,561$89,266$69,298

$44,774

Average Earnings

$50,386

Average Male

$40,888

Average Female

Yonkers Language

Yonkers Language by Age

Yonkers Language

52.76% of Yonkers residents speak only English, while 47.24% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 31.19% of the population.

Yonkers Poverty

Yonkers Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic73,29116,05221.90%
Black36,1327,83221.68%
White75,8956,0978.03%
Other29,5486,00220.31%
Asian13,7901,76812.82%
Multiple7,6101,22316.07%
Native1,01725324.88%
Islander751621.33%

16.01%

Overall Poverty Rate

14.95%

Male Poverty Rate

16.98%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Yonkers

The race most likely to be in poverty in Yonkers is Native, with 24.88% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Yonkers is White, with 8.03% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.53%. Among those working part-time, it was 15.05%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 26.70%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School28.33%
High School16.44%
Some College10.21%
Bachelors or Greater5.16%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed35.63%
Male Unemployed24.85%
Female Employed6.11%
Male Employed5.58%

Yonkers Income

Yonkers Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$62,380$87,293
Families$76,849$101,953
Married Families$101,772$124,333
Non Families$39,910$58,057

Yonkers Marital Status

Yonkers Marital Status

Marriage Rates

42.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

45.9%

Male Marriage Rate

38.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Yonkers Married by Age and Sex

Yonkers 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 35-44.

Yonkers Marital Status by Race

Yonkers Veterans

5,679

Number of Veterans

5,518

Male Veterans

161

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,730
Korea840
Second Gulf War673
First Gulf War671
World War II577
Name Veterans % of Total
White4,1234.55%
Hispanic1,1032.08%
Black8863.18%
Other3041.37%
2 or More1864.03%
Asian1621.44%
Indian182.34%

$Yonkers Veterans by Education

9.90%

Veteran Poverty Rate

31.21%

Veteran Disability Rate

Yonkers Employment Status

62.9%

Labor Force Participation

58.3%

Employment Rate

7.3%

Unemployment Rate

Yonkers Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

57.93%

Born in New York

68.65%

Native Born

31.35%

Foreign Born

12.75%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

68.65% of Yonkers residents were born in the United States, with 57.93% having been born in New York. 12.75% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020199,021-321-0.16%
2019199,342-321-0.16%
2018199,663-99-0.05%
2017199,762-321-0.16%
2016200,0833620.18%
2015199,7212870.14%
2014199,4346250.31%
2013198,8097340.37%
2012198,0755000.25%
2011197,5751,1700.60%
2010196,4053190.02%
2000196,0868,0040.42%
1990188,082-7,269-0.38%
1980195,351-8,946-0.45%
1970204,29713,6630.69%
1960190,63437,8362.24%
1950152,79810,2000.69%
1940142,5987,9520.58%
1930134,64634,4703.00%
1920100,17620,3732.30%
191079,80331,8725.23%
190047,93115,8984.11%
189032,03313,1415.42%
188018,8926,1594.02%
187012,7334,5154.48%
18608,2180.00%