QUEENS BY THE NUMBERS:
The U.S. Census Outlines
Queens’ Shifting Population
Councilman Hiram Monserrate, the first Latino from Queens elected to the City Council, meets with a local imam. Tribune Photo by Ira Cohen
By Michael Rehak
Known as the most diverse spot on earth, Queens is where all walks of life can be found. But where exactly, and how many are we talking about?
Well, let’s follow the route of the 2000 Census and look at Queens one area at a time – by community board.
COMMUNITY BOARD 1
Long Island City, Astoria, Steinway and Rikers Island
Here, the entire population is on the rise. 211,220 residents live here, when in 1990 there were 188,549. The third most heavily populated area in Queens, the White or Non-Hispanic group, with 88,606, dominates CB1. That is followed closely by Hispanics, which number 57,692.
Coming in at a distant third, though growing by nearly 50 percent in the last 10 years, is the Asian or Pacific Islanders, which in 2000 had a population of 27,399. In fourth place is the Black/African American population, which has a population total of 21,581.
CB1 has 12,368 residents who classified themselves as “Non Hispanic of two or more races.” The final ethnicity, which could fall under the non listed category, are the “Some other Race/Non Hispanic” group, which is on the rise with 3,099 residents, up from 982 in 1990.
COMMUNITY BOARD 2
Sunnyside and Woodside
Just south of CB 1, the population is about half the size, but CB 2 is an area that is also on the rise. Since 1990, when the population was 94,845, the number of people living here has gone up to 109,920. Topping the list is the Hispanics, who have 40,039 residents. Second is the White or Non-Hispanics, who have 33,877 residents.
In third, this area has 29,380 Asian or Pacific Islander residents and in the past 10 years, this group has grown by 10,000. The fourth largest group is the Non-Hispanics of two or more races and in fifth it’s the Black/African Americans, who have 2,158 residents.
COMMUNITY BOARD 3
Jackson Heights, North Corona and East Elmhurst
In this area, the population has also risen since 1990 when it was 128,924, but by 2000, it grew to 169,083 residents. The largest group, one that has nearly doubled during that span is the Hispanics, who have 97,182 residents. Coming in second is the White or Non Hispanics, who have 25,351 residents.
Third is the Asian or Pacific Islanders, who have risen by 8,000 between 1990 and 2000 and have 22,861 residents. Coming in fourth is the Black/African American group with 17,765 residents, but their numbers have decreased by more than 2,000.
COMMUNITY BOARD 4
Elmhurst and Corona
The population in this area has grown from 137,023 in 1990 to 167,005 in 2000. CB 4 is dominated by the Hispanics, who have 83,038 residents, followed by the Asian or Pacific Islanders, who have 49,656.
Coming in third is the White or Non Hispanics, who have dropped by nearly 9,000 residents since 1990 and now have 17,540 people living in this area. In fourth, it’s the Black/African American group, which has a population of 11,465 that has also declined by over 2,000 since 1990.
COMMUNITY BOARD 5
Ridgewood, Glendale, Middle Village, Maspeth and Liberty Park
This area is one where the population is 165,911 residents. The largest group in the area is the White Non Hispanics, who are on the decline, but make up the vast majority with 103,128. In second place, it’s the Hispanics, with 46,723 residents, which have more than doubled their presence in the area since 1990.
In third place, the Asian or Pacific Islanders are also on the rise with 10,507 residents. In fourth, it’s the Non Hispanic of two or more races, who have 3,334 residents.
COMMUNITY BOARD 6
Forest Hills and Rego Park
This area has grown from 106,996 in 1990 up to 115,967 in 2000. Here, the largest group is the White Non Hispanics, who make up 71,670 residents. Coming in second is the Asian or Pacific Islanders, which have made an 11,000-person jump since 1990 with 24,635 residents in 2000.
The third biggest group belongs to the Hispanics, who had a slight increase with 13,146 residents. In fourth, the Non Hispanics of two or more races have 3,487.
COMMUNITY BOARD 7
Flushing, College Point, Whitestone, Bay Terrace, Malba, Queensborough Hill, parts of Bayside,Cedar Grove and Willets Point
The most populated area of Queens, CB 7, has 242,952 residents. The largest group, the White Non Hispanics, have been on the decline since 1990, but still have 100,231 residents. Second is the Asian or Pacific Islanders, who have nearly doubled in size since 1990 with 87,450.
Coming in third, the Hispanics have 40,976 residents and in fourth, it’s the Black/African American group, which has 6,874 residents.
COMMUNITY BOARD 8
Kew Gardens Hills, Utopia, Fresh Meadows, Hillcrest, Briarwood, Jamaica Hills and Estates, Holliswood and Flushing South.
Here, the 2000 population is 146,594. Topping the list is the White Non-Hispanics, who make up nearly 40 percent of the entire population with 58,485 residents. In second, it’s the Asian or Pacific islanders, who have 35,112 residents.
In third place, it’s the Hispanics, who have 23,551 residents. In fourth is the Black/African American group, which has 20,681 residents.
COMMUNITY BOARD 9
Richmond Hill, Woodhaven, Kew Gardens and Ozone Park
141, 608 residents live in this area that is dominated by 50,628 Hispanics. In second is the declining White Non Hispanic population, which has 40,156 residents.
Coming in third is the Asian Pacific Islanders with 23,074 residents, a group that has significantly increased their numbers in the past 10 years. Fourth is the Black/African Americans, who are also on the rise with 9,753 residents, when in 1990 there were only 7,578.
COMMUNITY BOARD 10
Ozone Park, South Ozone Park, Lindenwood, Howard Beach, South Richmond Hill and Rockwood Park
This is an area with 127,274 residents and one that has five groups that make up at least 10 percent of the entire population – perhaps the most balanced region in the borough. Leading the way is the White Non Hispanics, which has 43,097 residents. On the decline, however, this group has dropped from their 1990 tally by 15,000 residents. Coming in second is the Hispanics, which has 26,430 residents.
In third, the Black/African American population is 21,199, followed by the fourth place Asian or Pacific Islanders, who have 16,241 residents. In fifth, it’s the Non Hispanic of two or more races, who have 12,991 residents.
The number of Asian families, like this one visiting Bay Terrace Barnes & Noble, has doubled in CB7. Tribune Photo by Ira Cohen
COMMUNITY BOARD 11
Bayside, Auburndale, Oakland Gardens, Little Neck, Douglaston, East Flushing and Hollis Hills
This area has a total population of 116,404. The largest group, the White Non Hispanics have 70,210 residents. Coming in second, the Asian/Pacific Islanders, have doubled since 1990 with 30,804 residents, when in 1990, the group had just 14,502. Third is the Hispanics, who have 10,357 residents and the Non Hispanics of two or more races have 2,379, followed by the Black/African Americans, who have their smallest showing in the borough with 2,289 residents.
COMMUNITY BOARD 12
Jamaica, South Jamaica, Hollis, St. Albans, South Ozone Park, Addisleigh Park and Springfield Gardens
The census shows the second biggest population in Queens with 223,602 residents. Dominated the most by one race, the Black/African American group has 161,530 residents. In second is the Hispanics, who have 30,728 residents.
In third, it’s the Asian or Pacific Islander who have 11,009 residents. Fourth is the Non Hispanic of two or more races with 10,166 residents. In this area, the White Non-Hispanics have their smallest showing in the borough, totaling just 2.2 percent of the population with 4,837 residents.
COMMUNITY BOARD 13
Queens Village, Glen Oaks, Bellerose, Cambria Heights, Laurelton, Rosedale, Floral Park, Springfield Gardens and Bellaire
The entire population of this area is 196,284 and leading the way is the Black/African American group with 108,244 residents. Coming in second, the White Non-Hispanics have 36,145 residents, but it is a group that has declined, dropping from 61,175 residents in 1990. Third is the Hispanics, who have 20,473 residents and a close fourth is the Asian/Pacific Island group with 20,113 residents.
COMMUNITY BOARD 14
The Rockaways and Broad Channel
The total population here is 106,686. Dominated by the Black/African American group, they have 42,677 residents followed by the White Non Hispanics, who have 39,771 residents.
The Hispanics come in third here with 18,840 residents. The fourth largest group is the Non Hispanic of two or more races with 2,682 residents.