New York City Facts Sheet

From 1999 SIS Data


New Yorkers Perception of the City | Health and Education

 Financial and Social Assets | Economic and Social Conditions 

New Yorkers Perception of the City

  • Satisfaction with the City: 70% of adult New Yorkers rate the City as a very or pretty good place to live, and 68% think that New York City has become a better place to live in the last few years. Satisfaction with the city varies by borough. Residents of Staten Island and Manhattan are most likely to give the City a high rating. Satisfaction with the city also varies by race and ethnicity. Blacks and Hispanics are least likely to give the city high ratings.
  • Police Protection: Overall, 60% of adults in New York rate police protection as very good or pretty good. However, satisfaction with police varies by race and ethnicity. Fewer than half of Blacks and Hispanics rate police protection as pretty good or very good.

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Health and Education

  • Health: Three quarters of adults in New York City report being in good or excellent health. However, health reports vary greatly by borough and race/ethnicity. Residents of the Bronx and Hispanics are least likely to report being in good health.
  • Education: Three quarters of adult New Yorkers have completed high school and 28% completed college. Educational attainment varies by borough and race/ethnicity. Educational attainment is highest in Manhattan and lowest in the Bronx. Educational attainment is much lower among Hispanics than among non-Hispanic Whites and Blacks.

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Financial and Social Assets

  • Net Worth: 17% of New York City families report a net worth of $100,000 or more. 41% have zero or negative net worth. Residents of the Bronx have the fewest assets - only 6% report assets in excess of $100,000 and more than half report zero or negative net worth. Wealth also varies by race/ethnicity. Hispanics report the fewest assets (two thirds report zero or negative net worth).
  • Home Ownership: One quarter of New York City families own their home. Homeownership ranged from 15% of families in Manhattan to almost half in Staten Island and from 5% of Hispanics to one third of Whites.

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Economic and Social Conditions

  • Poverty: 31% of New York families are living at or below the poverty line. 6% of families have incomes greater than 10 times the poverty line. Poverty varies by race and ethnicity. Poverty rates are lowest among Whites and highest among Hispanics.
  • Hardship: Overall, 2% of families report having had the gas or electricity shut off due to lack of money, and 7% report experiencing hunger. Hardship is most severe in the Bronx and among Black and Hispanic families.
  • Housing conditions: 20% of families are living in substandard housing and 14% live in crowded units (less than one room per household member). The highest overcrowding rate is in the Bronx and among Hispanics.
  • Health Insurance: One third of New York City families have at least one member without health insurance. Lack of health insurance is more prevalent among Black and Hispanic families.
  • Safety: Nearly 80% feel somewhat or very safe in their neighborhoods. Feelings of safety vary by race and ethnicity. Blacks and Hispanics are less likely to feel safe than Whites.
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