12 revealing facts about Staten Island

12 revealing facts about Staten Island ethnicity, cost of living and population
By Kristin F. Dalton | Posted February 07, 2019 for Staten Island Advance

Staten Island’s ethnicity among it’s population

Three quarters of Staten Island identifies as ‘white alone’

Three quarters of Staten Island identifies as ‘white alone’
According to U.S. Census Bureau data, 75.8 percent of Staten Island residents identify as “white alone.”

By definition, white alone is “a person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa. It includes people who indicate their race as ‘white’ or report entries such as Irish, German, Italian, Lebanese, Arab, Moroccan, or Caucasian.

Sixty-one percent of residents identify as ‘white alone, not Hispanic or Latino,’ according to the data. These are residents who responded ‘no, not Spanish/Hispanic/Latino’ and reported ‘white’ as their only answer to the race question on the Census.

The remainder of borough residents identify as:

11.8 percent black or African-American alone;

18.6 percent Hispanic or Latino.

9.5 percent Asian alone;

0.6 percent American Indian and Alaska Native alone;

0.1 percent Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander alone; and

2.1 percent two or more races.

More than a quarter of residents are bilingual
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More than a quarter of residents are bilingual
At least 31 percent of residents aged 5 and older speak a language other than and including English in their households.

Median monthly owner costs with and without a mortgage
Monthly owner costs includes the sum of mortgage payments, property debts, real estate taxes, insurance, utilities, and homeowner association costs.

The median cost for a homeowner with a mortgage on Staten Island is $2,433 monthly, according to the data.

For Staten Island owners who no longer have a mortgage, the median monthly cost is $856, according to the data.

Median gross rent costs $1,200 per month on Staten Island
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Median gross rent costs $1,200 per month on Staten Island
The Census Bureau defines median gross rent as the contract rent plus the estimated average monthly cost of utilities – electricity, gas, water, and sewer – if paid by the renter.

According to Census data from residents, the median gross rent on Staten Island is $1,229.

Borough’s population jumps 2.3 percent in seven years
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Borough’s population jumps 2.3 percent in seven years
Year to year, Staten Island may have added the fewest number of residents of the five boroughs, but it’s resident count jumped 2.3 percent over seven years.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the July 1, 2017 population estimate for Staten Island is 479,458 residents. In April 2010, the population was estimated at 468,730.

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More females than males live on Staten Island
How much of the borough’s population is female?

51.5 percent, according to the Census data.

19- to 64-year-olds account for most of the borough’s population
Less than a quarter of Staten Island’s population is of legal age, according to Census data – 21.7 percent of its residents are under 18-years-old, including 5.7 percent of residents who are under 5-years-old.

Fifteen percent of the borough is 65 or older, the data shows.

That leaves 43.4 percent of residents in the 19- to 64-year old age bracket.

Population per square mile
You may know how many people live on your block, but do you know how many people live within a square mile of your home?

According to the data, there are 8,030 people per square mile on Staten Island.

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Nearly 170,000 households on Staten Island
The most recent Census data shows there are 166,150 households on Staten Island, with an average of two people per household.

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How many homeowners live in their home?
There are 69.5 percent owner-occupied households on Staten Island, according to the data. Owner-occupied means the owner or mortgage holder lives on-site, as opposed to an owner renting out their home while living elsewhere.

Most residents have lived in their home more than 1 year
The Census Bureau asks how long a person has lived in their current home to determine the mobility of the population in that area.

In Richmond County, 94.1 percent of residents have lived at their current address for at least 12 months.

More than 10 percent of residents live in poverty
According to the data, 11.9 percent of borough residents live in poverty.

The federal poverty level is determined by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) every year and is based on the size of your family.

In 2018, the federal poverty level was: $12,140 for individuals; $16,460 for a family of two; $20,780 for a family of three; $25,100 for a family of four and $29,420 for a family of five.

According to the Census Bureau, if a family or individual’s total income is less than the family’s threshold, then that family and every individual in that family is considered to be living in poverty.

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