Introduction: This study examines living arrangement patters of racial/ethnic groups in New York City as of the year 2000 – particularly Latinos.
Methods: Data on Latinos and other racial/ethnic groups were obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey, reorganized for public use by the Minnesota Population Center, University of Minnesota, IPUMSusa. Cases in the dataset were weighted and analyzed to produce population estimates.
Results: New York State is the third ranking state in population and households in the country. Data for New York City (NYC) indicate that national patterns are not replicated when the number of family households by ethnic group are compared. The percentage of family households among Latinos/Hispanics (89.8%), Asians (88.4%) and Blacks (85.2) is higher than the national percentage (68%). Whites are at the lowest end of the spectrum on family households in NYC with 72% of households defined as family households. This means that Latinos/Hispanics, Asians, and Blacks are more likely to live with family members in New York City than Whites. Twenty one percent of Whites living in New York City (within the five boroughs) actually lived with a roommate or non-relative (possibly including non-married partners and/or same-sex) compared to 13% of Asians, 10% of Latino/Hispanics and 8% of Blacks.
Discussion: When considering the sex of the householder by ethnic groups interesting patterns may be observed. In NYC, females are more likely to be householders among Blacks and Latinos/Hispanics than males. Sixty two percent (62%) of Black women were householders in black households and fifty two percent (52%) of Latino/Hispanic females were householders in Latino/Hispanic households. In contrast, males are more likely to be householders in White households (73%) and in Asian households (79%). At the national level, only 47% of Black and 68 % of Latino/Hispanic family households compared to 80% of Asian and 82% of White family households reported being married-couples. Thus, there seems to be a correlation between being married and having a male householder in the family. This suggests lower marriage rates among Black and Latino/Hispanic males.