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Spring 2008



This report analyzes changes among the current top five Latino national groups during 1990-2006 in the NYC Community District 3 of the borough of Queens, which comprises the neighborhoods of East Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, and North Corona. A profile of demographic and socioeconomic characteristics including population distribution, age, homeownership, income, educational attainment, employment, and citizenship is provided. These characteristics are compared, whenever appropriate, with those of the other major racial/ethnic components of the population -- non-Hispanic Whites, non-Hispanic Blacks, and Asians.


The findings reported here are based on data collected by the Census Bureau IPUMS (Integrated Public Use Microdata Series), available at for the corresponding years. This report analyzes data from PUMAS 05403 (1990) and 04102 (2000/2006) in Queens.


Ecuadorians are the largest Latino subgroup in Queens Community District 3, accounting for over 20% of the total population and 30% of the Latino population in the district. Latinos in Queens Community District 3, as a group, tend to be younger than non-Hispanic Whites, non-Hispanic Blacks, and Asians. Latinos have the lowest homeownership rate in comparison to other racial/ethnic groups. The percentage of employed Latinos is comparable to that of the general population at about 70%. In 2006, Colombians had the lowest percentage of people age 16-60 employed. The percentage of foreign-born Latinos in Queens Community District 3 has remained stable since 1990, suggesting a slowdown in migration.


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Citation information: Rodríguez, Astrid S. (2008). Demographic, Economic, and Social Transformations in Queens Community District 3: East Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, and North Corona, 1990-2006. New York, NY: Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center.



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