Written by Mayor Mary Marvin:
I witnessed a very comprehensive analysis of the 2020 Census by Norma Drummond, Planning Commissioner for Westchester County, which I found at times surprising and overall fascinating and thought you would feel the same.
At the macro / national level, the population of the United States is now 331,449,281, an addition of 22,703,743 residents, which translates to a 7.4% increase from 2010 figures.
- National housing units increased 7.4% to 140,498,736.
- In population, New York ranks 4th with a rounded number of 20 million inhabitants behind the leader California to 39 million followed by 29 million Texans and the ever increasing number of Floridians to 21 million. The numbers then drop precipitously to 13 million Pennsylvania residents.
- Westchester County, with a population of 1,400,457, ranks 48th by county nationally with Pima County, Arizona, and Fresno County, California just ahead of us.
- In New York State, Westchester ranks well behind the counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Queens and Manhattan, all overtaken by Brooklyn with a population of 2.7 million. The New York metropolitan area is home to 14 million people while the rest of the state is home to 6 million people.
- Westchester County exceeded New York State’s overall population growth, up from 55,344 people to 1,400,457, an increase of 5.8%.
- Westchester’s Hispanic population grew 30.1 percent compared to New York State’s 15.5 percent increase.
- The county’s black population of 131,010 represents a drop from 13.3% to 13%, while the state as a whole lost 0.9% of black representation and Brooklyn lost 8.7% of its black residents. . Mt. Vernon has the largest percentage black population in Westchester at 60.4 percent, followed by Peekskill at 18.5 percent, New Rochelle at 18 percent and Elmsford at 17.8 percent.
- Westchester’s adult population (18 and over) now represents 77.8 percent of the county’s population.
- The current Asian population in Westchester is 64,907, up from 13,700 new residents, which equates to a 2% increase. The largest increases in new Asian residents were seen in Scarsdale, Ardsley and Greenburgh.
Yonkers has the most Asian Americans with 12,915 while Buchanan has the least with 64.
In total, in the 10 years between censuses, Westchester’s Asian population fell from 5.4% to 6.5% of the county’s residents, although there were declines in Mount Kisco, Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown.
- The number of housing units rose 4.9% in the county, with the largest additions in Ossining Village, Somers and Elmsford.
- Westchester’s Hispanic population of 269,334 represents a 30.1 percent increase in 10 years. Led by Portchester with 65.3 percent of its residents of Hispanic origin; it is followed by Peekskill at 43.9% and Elmsford at 43.7%.
In total, 26.8% of Westchester residents are Hispanic.
- Due to all of the above population changes over the past 10 years, Westchester does not have a majority population with 50 percent identifying themselves as non-white.
- Three communities; Port Chester, Sleepy Hollow and Peekskill are thus named minority majority municipalities.
- The largest community in Westchester and fourth in the state is Yonkers with 211,569 residents up 8% since the last census, followed by New Rochelle at 70,726 up 3.5%, Mount Vernon up 9, 8% to 73,893, White Plains up 4.8% to 59,559 and Greenburgh to 46,430, up 8.3 percent.
- The densest municipalities are Mount Vernon with a density of 6,821 people per square mile of its 4.39 square miles followed by Port Chester with an area of ââ2.33 square miles and a density of 13,613 and then our neighbors of Tuckahoe with a density of 11,787 people per square mile in their only 0.60 square mile.
At the village level, the population increased with an addition of 333 residents or an increase of 5.3 percent that was in line with the county average: village group 3, so named by the census system, which covers the region. area west of Metro-North station the highest growth rate at 18.5%, adding 161 people. The Hispanic and / or Latino population in this area has doubled to 11%. Just behind in terms of growth, the census block labeled Group 1 is just east of Metro-North station and north of the city center encompassing the Sagamore / Kensington area with a population increase of 15, 9%. The only section of the village to show a population loss was the area around Concordia College which was entirely due to the decrease in the dorm population.
- The aggregate census data for Bronxville is 6,656 residents, 5,323 who classify as whites only. Multiracial residents fell from 103 to 358 residents, while Asian residents fell from 327 to 513 compared to the 2010 census.
- Our only decrease category was in our black population from 82 to 34.
- We have 2,505 dwellings, which represents an increase of 3.1% compared to the number of 2,430 in 2010, with an occupancy rate of 93%, which corresponds to the analysis of 2010.
- Our voting age population has remained relatively constant from 4,388 residents in 2010 to 4,671 residents in the 2020 tally, which represents 70.2% of our village’s population.