Bronx is a very large coastal borough (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New York. With a population of 1,448,668 people and 339 constituent neighborhoods, Bronx is the fourth largest community in New York. Bronx has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs.
Housing costs in Bronx are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in New York.
Unlike some boroughs where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Bronx is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Bronx is a borough of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Bronx who work in office and administrative support (14.13%), sales jobs (10.11%), and healthcare suport services (7.72%).
Bronx is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
One downside of living in Bronx is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Bronx, the average commute to work is 40.71 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the borough, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly borough. Many of Bronx’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.
Bronx, like many big cities in America, has a public transportation system, but the citizens of Bronx are lucky because theirs is one of the most extensive and widely used. Many commuters choose to leave their cars at home and instead use the subway to get to and from work. In fact, for some people it is feasible to forgo car ownership entirely, avoiding the cost and headache of driving in heavy traffic. The benefits include reduced air pollution and load on the road network.
In terms of college education, Bronx is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 18.93% of adults 25 and older in Bronx have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Bronx in 2010 was $18,456, which is low income relative to New York, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $73,824 for a family of four. However, Bronx contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Bronx also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 30.70% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Bronx is an extremely ethnically-diverse borough. The people who call Bronx home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Bronx, accounting for 54.63% of the borough’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Bronx residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Bronx include Italian, African, Irish, and Ghanian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Bronx's cultural character, accounting for 34.40% of the borough’s population.
The most common language spoken in Bronx is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and African languages.