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On February 27, 2023, the NYC Districting Commission, in partnership with CUNY Graduate Center, hosted a press conference to discuss the latest report on how communities of interest are evolving in the city.
A key highlight for people of African descent in New York City covered by author Dr. Zulema Blair, Chair of the School of Business at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, is a reduction of the African American population in contrast to other Black groups like Afro-Latinos, continental Africans and Afro-Asians who have seen a rise in number.
Among New York City’s emerging communities, Nigerians have seen a growth of 40%, while Ghanaians and Egyptians grew 21% and 27%, respectively.
Even though Nigerian citizens have a larger population in New York City and are among the highest earners with a median income of $102,234, their voting population is only 8% compared to New Yorkers born of Ghanaian parents, who are 14%.
Although African Americans born in New York have higher educational attainment than in previous decades, they register the slowest income increase rate, according to Dr. Blair. Their medium income went from $60,000 in 2010 to just $66,000 because of structural racism. That income is a little higher for people born outside of New York.
In contrast, the Bangladeshi and Pakistani communities who identify as Blacks have seen a rocket rise in income so are the continental Africans and Afro-Caribbeans whose medium income is around $80,000.
The Afro-Latinos, with a lower income scale, saw a 30% increase in the last decade.
To read the entire report, click here.