New Census Fact Finder Sheds Surprising Light on Neighborhood Demographics

August 11, 2015

Think you live in a hipster ‘hood? Constantly complaining about the stroller parades down your block? While you may think you have your neighbors pinpointed, a quick look at the hard facts may surprise you. Last week, the Department of City Planning revealed its updated Census Fact Finder, an interactive application that uses data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual American Community Survey to provide highly detailed neighborhood profiles.

Take for example the Lower East Side, often thought of as a playground for well-off post-grads. As The Lo-Down noted, 47 percent of the neighborhood’s population is unemployed, only 34 percent have a college degree, and 35 percent pay less than $500/month in rent.

Census Fact Finder

We also found some unexpected facts about the West Village. Here, close to 60 percent of the population has never been married, 74 percent of households are non-family, and 80 percent of residents identified as “white.” Other neighborhoods, though, are a bit more of what you’d expect, such as Brooklyn Heights-Cobble Hill, where 37 percent of households are married-couple families, 43 percent have graduate degrees, and 70 percent are employed.

Explore your neighborhood on the Census Fact Finder here.


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