New York Population and Demographics

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In this article, we'll explore most of the 190+ data points we have for New York, covering popular demographics statistics like household income, race, age and gender, educational attainment, poverty, housing, and transportation.

The data on this page is from the 2021 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year survey from the US Census Bureau.

Richest Zip Codes in New York

In the table below, we've ranked the richest zip codes in New York based on the average (or mean) household income. To do this, we only look at zip codes that have a population of at least 500 people and a reasonable margin of error for the data.

If the margin of error for the mean income is greater than 50% of the estimate, we don't use it. This is to try and make the data less likely to be skewed by outliers with very small population areas or estimates that are not very accurate.

Rank ZIP Code County Mean Income
1 11765 Nassau County $462,998.00
2 10007 New York County $444,574.00
3 10282 New York County $442,237.00
4 11568 Nassau County $416,676.00
5 10577 Westchester County $378,399.00
6 10580 Westchester County $370,224.00
7 10583 Westchester County $357,101.00
8 11030 Nassau County $356,446.00
9 10504 Westchester County $356,077.00
10 10576 Westchester County $342,719.00

To view details demographics data for a specific zip code, click on the link in the table above. You can also read our article here on the richest zip codes in New York.

Richest Cities in New York

We can also find the same information for the richest cities in New York. The table below ranks the top 10 cities in New York by average household income by using the same criteria as we did with the zip codes.

Rank City County Mean Income
1 Brookville Nassau County $617,173.00
2 Tuxedo Park Orange County $597,528.00
3 Scarsdale Westchester County $516,371.00
4 Plandome Nassau County $449,998.00
5 Sands Point Nassau County $428,126.00
6 Woodsburgh Nassau County $421,028.00
7 Munsey Park Nassau County $420,474.00
8 Roslyn Estates Nassau County $419,985.00
9 Old Westbury Nassau County $412,116.00
10 Old Field Suffolk County $411,611.00

To view details demographics data for a specific city, click on the link in the table above. You can also read our article here on the richest cities in New York.

Median Household Income

According to the latest ACS 5-year survey in 2020, the median household income in New York is $71,117.00.

The chart below shows the average household income by age in New York.

  • Under 25
    $39,366.00
  • 25 to 44
    $85,570.00
  • 45 to 64
    $88,827.00
  • 65 and over
    $51,837.00

Average Household Income

A very commonly asked question is "what is the average household income in New York?". The official term for the average household income is the mean household income. The mean household income is the total income of all households divided by the number of households.

The average (or mean) household income in New York is $105,304.00.

12.94% of households in New York are classed as high income households (making $200,000+ per year).

The difference between a median and an average income

The difference between a median and mean household income is that the median income is the middle point of the set of numbers whereas the mean income is an average of all numbers.

Both metrics are important when looking at the income statistics for New York but because the median value doesn't depend on other numbers in the dataset, it doesn't change as much when some of the values are extremely low or extremely high.

Household Income Tiers for New York

We can also look at the household income tiers. This lets you see how many households fall into each of the earnings brackets and what percentage that bracket is of the total number of households.

The chart below shows the household income brackets to see which age groups have the highest median income. The actual data is more granular than these brackets, but we've simplified them into bigger categories to make reviewing the data for New York easier to view.

You can purchase the raw data above, which will have the full income tiers with smaller jumps in household income.

  • Less than $24,999
    18.04%
  • $25,000 to $49,999
    17.06%
  • $50,000 to $74,999
    14.82%
  • $75,000 to $99,999
    11.78%
  • $100,000 to $149,999
    16.38%
  • $150,000 to $199,999
    8.99%
  • $200,000 or more
    12.94%

Per Capita Income

The per capita income is the average income of all people in New York. This is calculated by dividing the total income of all people in New York by the total number of people in New York.

It differs from the average or mean household income because it includes all people in New York and not just the people who earn an income (i.e. children, retirees, unemployed, etc.).

The per capita income in New York is $40,898.00.

Population in New York by Race and Ethnicity

The total population in New York is currently 19,514,849 people.

The race and ethnicity of the population in New York can be very important for social research, economics, and marketing to a multi-culturial society.

Whether you want to target products or services to a particular race or ethnicity, or provide housing and new businesses to improve areas with a larger ethnic minority population, this data is very valuable for discovering suitable areas.

The chart below breaks down the population and percentage for each race and ethnicity in New York.

  • 54.70% White
    10,993,176
  • 13.90% Black/African American
    2,797,225
  • 0.20% Native
    40,379
  • 19.20% Hispanic
    3,871,753
  • 8.60% Asian
    1,723,110
  • 0.00% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
    5,024
  • 2.70% Two or more races
    543,743
  • 0.70% Other
    140,335

Population of New York by Age and Gender

Another very important demographics statistic for New York is the age and gender of the population. The age and gender of the population can be used to track trends in population growth or decline, and for businesses, the data can be used to identify people important to you and your business need.

In the table below, we show age groups at a 10 year granularity for ease of use. The raw data, which can be purchased above, includes age and gender at a 5 year granularity.

Age Group Male Female
0 to 9 Years 1,167,906 1,117,855
10 to 19 Years 1,253,600 1,196,615
20 to 29 Years 1,377,294 1,385,849
30 to 39 Years 1,379,919 1,383,546
40 to 49 Years 1,220,947 1,251,441
50 to 59 Years 1,341,015 1,396,971
60 to 69 Years 1,134,634 1,248,815
70 Years and over 946,396 1,311,942

Education Levels

Educational attainment is a very useful statistic that can give insights into other data such as the average household income, unemployment levels, and literacy.

What this means is that it is likely for areas that have higher levels of education to have higher average household incomes, lower unemployment rates, and higher literacy rates.

The chart below shows the educational attainment of the population in New York.

  • Master's degree or higher
    19.62%
  • Bachelor's degree
    34.44%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    7.79%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    34.39%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3.76%

Unemployment Rates

The unemployment rate is the percentage of the population that is actively looking for work but is unable to find a job. The unemployment rate is a very important statistic for New York because it can show how many people are actively looking for work and how many people are unable to find a job.

Lower levels of unemployment is generally seen as a positive sign for the economy. It also makes the government in New York look good because it shows that they are doing a good job of creating jobs, working to capacity, being efficient, and keeping the economy strong.

The unemployment rate is calculated using the total population in New York that are over the age of 16.

The current population in New York that are over the age of 16 is 16,383,427 people.

The unemployment rate in New York is 36.90%, which means 6,051,700 people are unemployed.

Median Age in New York

The median age is an interesting metric because it gives us an idea of the age distribution of people in New York. You know when you see a median age that it is the age where half of the population is older and half is younger than it.

For demographic studies, this can be used to infer and compare date to things such as birth rates, the age of parents, and so on.

An increasing median age can be a sign of an aging population, which can be a sign of a declining population. This is because older people tend to have fewer children and die more often than younger people.

The median age in New York is 39.2 years old.

We can also look at the median age by gender to compare the see how each group compares to the total median age:

Median age by gender in New York

39.2

Total

37.9

Male

40.4

Female

Households and Families

There are a total of 7,530,150 households in New York, and the average household size is 2.6 people.

For families, the total number is 4,722,870, and the average family size is 3.27 people.

9.80% of those families in New York are living below the poverty line.

The table below shows the poverty thresholds for New York in 2022.

Household Size Poverty Threshold
1 Person $13,590.00
2 People $18,310.00
3 People $23,030.00
4 People $27,750.00
5 People $32,470.00
6 People $37,190.00
7 People $41,910.00
8 People $46,630.00

Please note that the poverty thresholds shown above are from 2022, while the latest demographics data we have is from 2020.

Households and Families by Marital Status

There are four types of household and family, as defined by the Census Bureau:

  • Married-couple
  • Male householder, no spouse present
  • Female householder, no spouse present
  • Nonfamily household

In the table below, you can see the total households and families in New York for each type, as well as the average sizes.

Married Male Female Nonfamily
Total Households 3,293,425 378,133 1,051,312 2,807,280
Average Household Size 3.37 3.34 3.41 1.28
Total Families 3,293,425 378,133 1,051,312 0
Average Household Size 3.33 2.95 3.2 0

Housing Data in New York

There are total of 8,449,178 housing units in New York. Of those units, 7,530,150 (89.12%) are occupied, and 919,028 (10.88%) are vacant.

Rental Rates

Of the 8,449,178 housing units in New York, 3,319,320 (39.29%) are occupied by renters. The median rent paid by renters is $1,390.00.

Owner occupied housing units make up the remaining 48.47% of housing units, with 4,095,636 housing units in total.

The table below breaks down how much rent is paid by renters in New York.

  • No rent paid
    115,194
  • Less than $500
    314,092
  • $500 to $999
    683,164
  • $1,000 to $1,499
    841,783
  • $1,500 to $1,999
    672,092
  • $2,000 to $2,499
    366,764
  • $2,500 to $2,999
    175,000
  • $3,000 or more
    266,425

Property Values

The median value of a property in New York is $340,600.00.

The table below breaks down the range of valuations for all properties in New York.

  • Less than $50,000
    171,408
  • $50,000 to $99,999
    352,166
  • $100,000 to $149,999
    403,061
  • $150,000 to $199,999
    386,501
  • $200,000 to $299,999
    545,395
  • $300,000 to $499,999
    886,976
  • $500,000 to $999,999
    990,805
  • $1,000,000 or more
    359,324

Property Age

We can also look at the number of properties built in a given year to see the spread of property age in New York.

  • 1939 or earlier
    2,655,169
  • 1940 to 1949
    669,971
  • 1950 to 1959
    1,228,749
  • 1960 to 1969
    1,053,390
  • 1970 to 1979
    831,110
  • 1980 to 1989
    640,275
  • 1990 to 1999
    526,834
  • 2000 to 2009
    517,572
  • 2010 to 2013
    321,118
  • 2014 or later
    4,990

Vehicles Available per Household

Finally, we have data on how many vehicles each household in New York has. The table below breaks down the number of vehicles available per household.

  • No vehicles available
    2,175,983
  • 1 vehicle available
    2,471,616
  • 2 vehicles available
    1,945,683
  • 3 or more vehicles available
    936,868

Commuting to Work in New York

The time and means of commuting to work are useful metrics to look at because they can be correlated against other data such as income and education level.

Does a longer commuting time indicate a higher average income? If so, has the huge increase in home working during the pandemic changed this?

Using these metrics, we can get a better understanding of the demographics of New York, how they commute, and how that correlates to other data points.

The average travel time is 33.3 minutes, and the chart below covers the range of travel times across the population of New York.

  • Less than 5 minutes
    201,626
  • 5 to 9 minutes
    621,235
  • 10 to 14 minutes
    870,036
  • 15 to 19 minutes
    1,002,065
  • 20 to 24 minutes
    1,020,747
  • 25 to 29 minutes
    487,134
  • 30 to 34 minutes
    1,175,876
  • 35 to 39 minutes
    269,092
  • 40 to 44 minutes
    438,675
  • 45 to 59 minutes
    935,745
  • 60 to 89 minutes
    1,033,204
  • 90 or more minutes
    485,256

We can also look at the means of transport in New York to see which modes of transport people are using to commute to work.

  • Drove alone
    4,847,286
  • Carpooled
    591,579
  • Public transportation
    2,333,713
  • Walked
    548,993
  • Other means
    219,120
  • Worked from home
    899,680

Conclusion

Hopefully this article has given you the demographics data you were looking for in New York.

If you need more demographics data, or you need the data listed above in spreadsheet form with more granular grouping, head back to the top of this page where you can purchase the complete demographics data for New York.

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