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BRONX TIMES R 6 EPORTER, SEPT. 3-9, 2021 BTR
What the Census numbers tell us
about where Bronxites are living
BY ROBBIE SEQUEIRA
The Bronx was one of 10 counties
in the nation that saw higher-thanexpected
growth over the past decade
— reaching an all-time high of
1.47 million residents — per recently
released 2020 U.S. census data.
Much of the Bronx’s 6.3% growth
— an addition of 87,546 people to the
borough — over the past decade can
be attributed to the large population
increases in Morrisania (22%) and
Crotona Park East (15%).
Morrisania has been a section
earmarked for signifi cant investment
for affordable housing projects
over the preceding years, including
the Garden Towers Apartments, a
$93 million affordable and supportive
housing development that broke
ground last week.
The northernmost borough’s population
also saw major increases of
5,000 residents apiece in the Mott
Haven-Port Morris and Williamsbridge
Over the past decade, Mott Haven
has been a hot spot for increased
residential and commercial development,
alerting some residents to
fears of gentrifi cation toward the
tail-end of the decade.
Where all my Bronxites at?
Top 15 population counts by section:
Soundview/Bruckner – 74,342
Concourse-Concourse Village: 69,387
Mott Haven- Port Morris – 57,718
Bedford Park – 55,521
Eastchester/Edenwald – 51,736
Mount Eden-Claremont (West) –
Throgs Neck/Schuylerville – 48,116
Riverdale/Spuyten Duvyil – 47,927
Wakefi eld/Woodlawn – 47,657
University Heights (North) – 46,538
Norwood – 43,466
Melrose – 42,651
Castle Hill/Unionport – 41,420
Longwood – 40,289
Morrisania – 37,607
When comes to housing an increasing
number of Bronxites, approximately
95% of available housing
stock in the Bronx is occupied,
according to Census statistics released
on Aug. 12. At the time of the
census count, 24,580 vacant housing
Of the fi ve boroughs, the Bronx
has the second-highest group of people
living in clusters and the secondhighest
average household size —
2.72 per household — which health
experts said left the borough susceptible
and vulnerable to rapid spreads
of COVID-19 variants.
Based on population, the Bronx
would classify as the sixth-largest
city in the nation, behind Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, but larger than
cities like San Antonio, Texas.
Demographically, the Bronx remains
a diverse pocket of New York
City, accounting for the highest
share of non-white Hispanics and
Blacks in the fi ve boroughs.
Morrisanaia, which lies in the southwestern portion of the Bronx, saw a large spike in population
over the past decade, according to 2020 census data.
Photo Morrisania Revitalization Corporation, Inc.