Brooklyn Facts

The 4th Largest “City” in America
With over 2.6 million residents, Brooklyn is NYC’s largest and fastest growing borough.

Brooklyn Is Larger than Boston, Atlanta, Washington DC & Minneapolis Combined
It has more African Americans than Atlanta, more people with college degrees than Boston, more people living in poverty than Detroit, and more wealthy people than Greenwich.

Brooklyn Ranks Third in the State in Income Inequality
One in five Brooklyn households has a median income of over $100,000 per year—twice as many as a decade before—while one in five receives food stamp benefits.

Nearly 1 in 4 Brooklyn Residents Lives in Poverty
Brooklyn ranks first in NYC in total number of children living in poverty. Five of the 10 poorest NYC census tracts are in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Has the Most Units of Public Housing in New York City
There are 100 NYCHA developments with 58,669 apartments in Brooklyn. Brownsville has the highest concentration of public housing in the nation.

Over 30% of Renters Spend More than Half of Their Income on Rent
In 2011, 3,319 Brooklyn families entered NYC homeless shelters.

Over 1/3 of Residents were Born in another Country
Nearly 50% of all households speak a language other than English at home.

1 in 5 Residents over 25 Does Not Have a High School Diploma
30% of residents over 25 have a bachelors degree or higher.

3,000 Brooklyn Residents a Year Are Admitted to Prison at a Projected Cost
of over $300 Million

2.6 Million Residents, 70 Neighborhoods