New York’s Latino landscape has changed, with Dominicans outnumbering Puerto Ricans in the city, according to a new study.
A decline in Puerto Ricans plus a rise in people from the Dominican Republic has led to the population shift that could impact the cultural and political scene, said City University researchers.
There were 747,473 Dominicans and 719,444 Puerto Ricans living in the five boroughs in 2013, the latest year numbers were available, says the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies at CUNY’s Graduate Center.
That’s a reversal of the numbers from just three years earlier, when there were 605,840 Dominicans and 738,978 Puerto Ricans.
“This is almost unheard of in a three-year period,” said Laird Bergad, the center’s executive director. “It just indicates we have this organic city that’s constantly changing.”
Bergad’s research, based on US Census numbers, also indicates that New York’s Dominican epicenter has spread from Manhattan’s Washington Heights to other parts of city, including The Bronx.
Beyond just a shift in numbers, Bergad suggests that the Dominican surge could translate to more Dominican elected officials.
In 2000, there were 476,000 Dominicans in New York state, including 158,000 eligible voters, according to census figures. By 2012, there were 762,000 Dominicans in New York; 357,000 were eligible to vote.
-New York Post