The South Bronx area is comprised of five community districts in the southwestern
portion of the borough (also the county) of the Bronx in New York City.
• Its total population in 2000 stood at 522,412, which represents about
40% of the population of the Bronx.
Race & Ethnicity
• 39% of this population is Black and 60% is Hispanic. This represents
a higher percentage of Blacks and Hispanics than resides in Bronx County,
the City, or New York State.
• The percentages of the population that are Black and Hispanic are above
Federal guidelines that define minority populations for the purposes of identifying
environmental justice issues associated with federal actions.
• Additionally, the percentage of the population that lived below the poverty
level in 1989 was 39%. This is over 10% higher than the portion of the population
that have incomes below the 1989 poverty level in Bronx County, almost 20%
higher than those in New York City and about three times those in New York
State and the United States.
• The South Bronx growth rate between 1990 and 2000 of 11.8% is slightly
higher than that of Bronx county (10.7%) and the City (9.4%), and double that
of New York State (5.5%).
• Population sectors within the South Bronx have changed in size over
the past decade in different ways between 1990 and 2000: the Black population
has declined (by 3.5%) while the Hispanic population has increased dramatically
The maps shown below describe the demographic characteristics of
the project area.
For more information on demographics of the South Bronx, see Chapter 1,
page 8 of the Phase I Report: Introduction. *Phase I Report.
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