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New York City's Dominican Population Becomes Largest Latino Community for the First Time

First Posted: Nov 14, 2014 03:06 PM EST
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A new study found that Dominicans have become the largest Latino group in New York City, surpassing the Puerto Rican population for the first time.

The study also found that Dominicans had the highest number of births in the city among Latino subgroups, according to New York City's Bureau of Vital Statistics.

Over 33,000 children were born to Dominican mothers between 2010 and 2012. Although data has not been released for the following year, it be assumed that about 11,000 more were born in 2013.

CUNY's Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies shows that the city's Puerto Rican population is no longer the largest Hispanic group as it has been for a long time.

"What stands out from the data is the extraordinary increase in the Dominican population of the city since 2010," said Laird B. Bergad, director of CLALCS, in a statement.

"Dominicans increased by over 140,000 people in these three years, or more than the growth experienced in the decade between 2000 and 2010."

Since 1990, the number of Puerto Ricans in the city has been steadily declining, mainly because immigration from the region has decreased and many Puerto Ricans have moved from the City to other suburbs.

Puerto Ricans have also relocated to other parts of the U.S. in large numbers, especially to Florida

Meanwhile about 14,000 Dominicans came to the City from other parts of the U.S. between 2010 and 2013.

"If anything, this examination of the three American Community Survey data sets for 2013 indicates the difficulty of arriving at precise population estimates for subgroups of the population, such as Latino nationalities in New York City and its surrounding counties," Bergad said.

There were about 747,473 Dominicans in the five boroughs in 2013, compared to the 719,444 Puerto Ricans, according to the Census data analyzed for the report.

Between 2010 and 2013, over 55,000 Dominicans arrived to the U.S.

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