Bronx is a very large coastal borough (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New York. With a population of 1,418,207 people and 339 constituent neighborhoods, Bronx is the fourth largest community in New York. Much of the housing stock in Bronx was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs in the country.
Housing costs in Bronx are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in New York.
Unlike some boroughs where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Bronx is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Bronx is a borough of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Bronx who work in office and administrative support (12.59%), healthcare suport services (10.18%), and sales jobs (9.08%).
One thing noticeable about Bronx, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Bronx is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Bronx a great place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun. In fact, Bronx is one of the top larger cities in America for educated single professionals to flock.
One of the nice things about Bronx is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
In Bronx, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 41.88 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit. In addition, the borough is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.
One of the benefits of being a big city like Bronx is having a public transportation system, but in Bronx the transit system is the mode of choice for lots of people getting to and from work every day. You will find many people using the subway for their daily commute, even though other transportation options exist. If you ask these commuters, many will tell you that not having to drive in the snarl of big city traffic is one of main reasons for leaving the car at home, or even not owning a car at all. With so many people taking the subway Bronx benefits from a reduction in air pollution and traffic.
In terms of college education, Bronx is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 20.07% of adults 25 and older in Bronx have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Bronx in 2018 was $21,778, which is low income relative to New York, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $87,112 for a family of four. However, Bronx contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Bronx is an extremely ethnically-diverse borough. The people who call Bronx home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Bronx, accounting for 56.03% of the borough’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Bronx residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Bronx include Jamaican, African, Italian, Irish, and Ghanian.
Bronx also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 35.29%.
The most common language spoken in Bronx is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and African languages.