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This report examines the key demographic and socioeconomic trends in Brooklyn, New York between 1990 and 2017. The report focuses on the two community districts that have the first- and second- largest Latino populations in the borough: Bushwick (community district 4) and Sunset Park/Windsor Terrace (community district 7).


This report uses the American Community Survey PUMS (Public Use Microdata Series) data for all years released by the Census Bureau and reorganized for public use by the Minnesota Population Center, University of Minnesota, IPUMSusa, ( See Public Use Microdata Series Steven Ruggles, J. Trent Alexander, Katie Genadek, Ronald Goeken, Matthew B. Schroeder, and Matthew Sobek. Integrated Public Use Microdata Series: Version 5.0 [Machine-readable database]. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 2017.This report analyzes data from PUMAS 05307 (1990) and 04012 (2000/2010/2017) for Sunset Park/Windsor Terrace and PUMAS 05304 (1990) and 04002 (2000/2010/2017) for Bushwick in Brooklyn, New York.


Over the past thirty years, the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Sunset Park/Windsor Terrace and Bushwick have experienced marked racial and ethnic changes. While the racial and ethnic composition of these areas has gone through considerable transformations, the Latino population remained the dominant group between 1990 and 2017. However, the share of the Latino population declined over this period, with a concurrent growth in the Asian population in Sunset Park/Windsor Terrace (from 13.1% in 1990 to 32.1% in 2017) and the non-Hispanic white population in Bushwick (from 5.1% in 1990 to 21.5% in 2017). While the median income for non-Hispanic white and non-Hispanic black households gradually increased, the income level of Latino and Asian households remained stable or declined in both neighborhoods over the same period.


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Citation information: Yim, Sejung Sage (2021). Latinos in Brooklyn: Demographic and Socioeconomic Transformations in Sunset Park/Windsor Terrace and Bushwick, 1990-2017. S. Villamizar-Santamaría (Ed.). New York, NY: Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center.



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