Census Pinpoints City's Wealthiest, Poorest Neighborhoods

Thursday, December 08, 2011

2010 Census form (Quinn Dombrowski/flickr)

The most impoverished area in the city is a bowtie-shaped slice of land in the Melrose-Morrisania section of the South Bronx.

The annual median income for the 229 households living in that slice of the Bronx is $8,694, according to the latest census data. The second-poorest census tract in the city, with a median income of $9001, lies in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, in an area that includes the Ingersoll and Whitman public housing complexes. The federal income poverty level is under $18,000 for a family of three.

The data, from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, was gathered over a five-year period, between 2006 and 2010. Unlike the more narrowly-focused 2010 Census, the ACS measures a broad range of socioeconomic statistics, including income, commuting times and educational attainment.

At the top end of the income ladder are three census tracts in Manhattan, each of which claim a median household income of over $200,000. These include one tract in Tribeca, just north of the World Trade Center, where the median is $203,849. Another tract, bounded by East 84th and 77th streets and Fifth and Park avenues, has a median income of $222,829. The city’s wealthiest census tract lies immediately to the south, and has a median household income of $232,768.

However, these are not the wealthiest census tracts in the state. That distinction belongs to two sections of Westchester County, one of which lies directly south of the Westchester Country Club, where the median household income is $243,417.

The data also provides a glimpse into the neighborhoods with the starkest income divides.

On the Upper East Side, one census tract, with a median income of $170,486, lies just two blocks south of another tract where the median is $22,246. And in Brooklyn, a census tract in Dumbo with a median of $163,147, lies adjacent to a tract whose median income is $18,702.


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Comments [6]

Jason Moore from Manhattan

Census track 435 in the Bronx should not be eligible for any color designation since it's Van Cortlandt Park and Woodlawn Cemetary. That big huge dark pink in north-central Bronx should just be white.

Oct. 23 2013 10:32 PM
Juan Carlos Medina

To the editor, do you have statistics that show the correlation between these areas and real estate and rental prices?

Jul. 15 2013 12:36 PM
William Kandravi from USA

Where do Bill and Hilary live. The Clinton's New York is close to Ark. income. Where is his oval office now. We are paying for his non impeachment, but Obama would have Pardoned him anyway, and now he hides in New York wonder why he would not go back home ask the State Troopers in Ark. Is this the Census count or the senseless count.

Jul. 14 2013 05:15 PM
Christopher from Westchester

The whole area around Bronxville in Westchester seems to be conspicuously absent of any data. I would imagine that area should rank among the wealthiest on the map...

Jul. 13 2013 05:00 PM
somebody from Queens (specifically, Middle Village)

The results of this map are very surprising; the rich literally live next to the poor in some places.

Feb. 10 2012 06:53 PM
Krisy Han from NYC

Thanks... Praying for the poor & for the rich to share with the poor, here in NYC!

Dec. 29 2011 12:04 PM

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