Census Shows the Changing Face of
Ten years ago, Norwood's population was almost equally split between Hispanics and non-Hispanic whites. But new population figures released from the U.S. Census Bureau for the year 2000 reveal a vastly different Norwood, where the Hispanic population soared and nearly half the non-Hispanic white population moved out.
Just a decade ago, whites made up 38 percent of Norwood residents, and Hispanics made up 39 percent.
Now, Hispanics make up the single largest group in Norwood, accounting for 53 percent of the population, or 21,508 people.
Among the non-Hispanic white population, 6,340 have remained, constituting 16 percent of residents.
The increase in Hispanics follows a borough-wide trend, which saw the boom of Hispanic communities, and a continuation of a white exodus.
Also reflecting Bronx-wide trends, Norwood saw an increase in its overall population. Norwood - lodged between Woodlawn Cemetery, Mosholu Parkway, Jerome Avenue and Webster Avenue - had a 12 percent population increase, and is now home to 40,748 people.
All of New York City showed an unexpected rise in population, resulting partly from higher levels of immigration, demographers say. In the Bronx, the number of residents grew 7 percent to 1.3 million.
Another surprise, according to the Census Bureau's 1999 Bronx data, is that the Puerto Rican population in the Bronx has declined over the past decade, according to the Web site of demographer Bill Bosworth of the Bronx Data Center at Lehman College. Immigrants from the Caribbean and Central America, particularly the Dominican Republic, more than make up for those losses, Bosworth also reported.
Over the past 10 years, Norwood's black population grew from 13 to 20 percent, edging out whites to become the second largest racial group in the area. The non-Hispanic black population increased throughout the Bronx at a similarly modest rate. Norwood's Asian population held steady at 9 percent, or 3,631 people.
Bosworth also reported that areas of change like Norwood and Pelham Parkway, where whites have diminished or disappeared, have remained middle class. These areas reflect a pattern of a growing black and Hispanic middle class throughout the whole borough.
Census figures released so far only cover total population and race categories. More specific information on ethnicity, education, and housing and economic characteristics will be released later.
This is the beginning of a series of articles on the results of Census 2000 and the many different ethnicities that make up Norwood, Bedford Park and Fordham Bedford. Dr. Bill Bosworth of the Bronx Data Center at Lehman College prepared a database of the Norwood Census tract data for our use in the articles on this page. Bosworth has his own Web site of Bronx Census information at www.lehman.cuny.edu/depts/polisci/discover. Data for the entire country is also available at the Census Web site at factfinder.census.gov.
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