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Population of Dominicans in NYC

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Percent of Foreign Born Dominican-Republicans in NYC (Census 2000)

The map above represents the percentage of foreign-born Dominicans in each area of the five boroughs of New York City according to the 2000 Census. As illustrated, there is a high concentration of foreign-born Dominicans residing on the northern part of Manhattan, as well as a large section of the Bronx. There are also smaller concentrations living near the Brooklyn/Queens border and other scattered locations. (Source: Social Explorer)

Dominican Population in NYC

Dominicans are New York City’s second largest Hispanic immigrant group, with 602,093 members according to the data released by the U.S. Census Bureau for 2007. The Dominican population accounted for 25.8% of the total Hispanic population of New York City in 2007. First counted at 532,647 people in 2000, the Dominican population gradually increased, peaking at 609,885 in 2006, and then declining slightly to 602,093 in 2007 due to emigration from New York City to the suburbs or back to Dominican Republic. Overall, the Dominican population experienced a 13% growth during the period from 2000 to 2007.[1]

Roles in the City

Dominican immigrants have occupied many different job sectors in New York City ranging from baseball players and politicians to restaurant owners and musicians. Alex Rodriguez is one of the most well known baseball players around the world and is one of the most prominent players on the Yankees. La Casa Del Mofongo is the "go to" Dominican restaurant that is situated in Washington Heights. Dominican women are also a large part of the labor force for this group of immigrants and many of the Dominican families are female headed. The second generation of Dominican immigrants are challenging social stigmas by attaining higher education and acquiring higher level jobs.

Predicted Population Changes

Population projections among New York City's Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, and Mexicans:

Source:Data provided by U.S. Census Bureau and American Community Surveys 2005-2007, graph from Latino Data Project by Center for Latin American, Caribbean & Latino Studies.
As the graph shows, if all three communities continue their growth and decline patterns, the future of New York City will be very different. There will be an exponential increase in the Mexicans and Dominican populations, which will rise above the Puerto Rican population. Projections from this graph illustrate that by the Census 2020, Dominicans will become the new largest Latino community in New York City, and by the Census 2030 another change is expected.[1]
Hispanic crowd at a show

Population Shifts Between Boroughs

Source:Data provided by U.S. Census Bureau and American Community Surveys 2005-2007

As the table shows, a large number of Dominicans have moved to the Bronx. By comparison, in 2000, Manhattan led in numbers with 182,721 Dominicans, followed by the Bronx with 178,398 Dominicans. By 2007, Manhattan had experienced a decline of approximately 9,000 Dominicans, while the Bronx gained about 56,000.

The data shows that much of the increase in the total Dominican population in New York City from 2000 to 2007 should be accredited to its Domestic-Born Population. Foreign-Born Dominicans have risen by only 341 people during that time period, while the Domestic-Born population grew by 69,105 people which indicates that Foreign-Born Dominicans are either emigrating from New York City at comparable rates to those immigrating into it, or the number of Foreign-Born Dominicans immigrating to New York City per year is minimal. The information also indicates that the number of second-generation Dominicans are growing fast, and their presence in NYC schools are noticeable.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Limonic, Laura. “The Latino Population of New York City, 2007.” Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies. The Graduate Center for the City University of New York. 14 Mar. 2010. < Latino Data Project (2007 Released Data) >.