Bronx, NY
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Living in Bronx


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 1,446,516 people and 339 constituent neighborhoods, Bronx is the fourth largest community in New York.

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 (13.82%), sales jobs (9.69%), and food service (7.66%).

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, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 41.01 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly borough. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Bronx is a big city, and with that comes lots of benefits. One benefit is that most big cities have public transit, but Bronx really shines when it comes to the extensiveness and use of its public transit system. More than most large American cities, Bronx citizens use public transit daily to get to and from work. And while there are transportation options, most people in Bronx ride the subway. Whereas in some cities one is destined to sit in traffic every morning to get to work and every evening to get home, in Bronx a lot leave their cars at home (if they even choose to own one), and hop a ride on the subway.

In terms of college education, Bronx is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 19.13% of adults 25 and older in Bronx have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Bronx in 2010 was $18,896, 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 $75,584 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 30.53% 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 55.41% 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.

Bronx also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 34.91%.

The most common language spoken in Bronx is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and African languages.