Post-2001 Population Growth

In the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, Lower Manhattan suffered a loss of jobs and residents. Census data, however, showed that between 2000 and 2010, the area gained a near 40,000 person population growth.

A separate analysis for the Downtown Alliance showed that neighborhoods in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and New Jersey that are 30-minutes away from downtown have experienced an increase in young, educated workers. This growth includes more than 700,000  college-educated people between the ages of 18 and 44 who are currently living in those areas.

Incentives, such as transit improvements and subsidies, are the reason for the growth. They were started in order to improve and rebuild Lower Manhattan following the tragedy. The success is evident, the Ground Zero neighborhood is one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in New York City (Werkheiser).