Queens outperforms population estimates in Census

In the 2020 Census results, Queens proved itself the most diverse county in New York State.

New Census numbers out Thursday show New York building on its status as the largest city in the country with a 7.7 percent population increase since 2010. 

The World’s Borough lived up to its name in the survey — both outperforming population growth estimates, and increasing its share of ethnic diversity.

New York City’s population grew to 8,804,190, and while it didn't have the largest percentage increase of the nation's biggest cities, it had the largest jump in magnitude with an increase of 600,000 people.

Queens’ total population grew to 2,405,464, nearly 200,000 people over 2010 — a 7.8 percent change. That increase was nearly 7 percent larger than the 2019 Census estimate. 

Queens also proved itself the most diverse county in New York State. Both Latino and Asian residents now outnumber whites for the first time in the borough’s history. The Latino population grew by 54,111 — a nine percent increase from 2010. The Asian population grew by 148,249 — a 29 percent increase from 2010.

The Census clarified in Thursday’s report that the drastic changes in ethinic communities, which seem in places like Queens to outpace total population growth, are a reflection of how the survey was designed to assess race differently than in the past. The 2020 changes reveal that the U.S. population is much more multiracial and more diverse than what the Census measured in previous iterations.

The borough’s diversity index, a Census measure that shows the probability that two people chosen at random will be from different racial and ethnic groups, was 76.9 percent — the highest in the state.

Both New York’s population growth and ethnic changes are reflective of the national trends of the survey. The population of U.S. metro areas grew by 9 percent from 2010 to 2020.

In tandem with Queens, the whole country grew significantly more diverse over the past decade. Populations of people who identify as Hispanic and Asian rose and the number of multiracial Americans increased by nearly three times, the Census Bureau reported. 

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