The New York City area represents the largest Hispanic city in the United States with a population of 2.3 million Latinos according to the 2010 census.

Historically most Hispanics in New York are of Puerto Rican heritage and Puerto Ricans continue to dominate - they represent 33% of all the Latinos in New York.  The second largest group by far is the Dominican segment (25%).

The makeup of the NYC boroughs, however, is very diverse.  The Bronx continues to be the largest in terms of its percentage of Hispanics (54%) and also continues to be primarily Puerto Rican.  But the makeup of the other boroughs, especially Queens, has changed dramatically in recent years.  Puerto Ricans and Dominicans are a minority of the Hispanics in Queens.

Before we get a ton of emails from our friends in Staten Island for ignoring the 5th Borough in the graph above, let us clarify that the information on country of origin is not available for Richmond County.  Richmond County (Staten Island) has an estimated 83 thousand Hispanics; which represents 21% of the total population.

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How come some of the people shown on the left don't look Hispanic?

Hispanic or Latino is not a race.   There are Latinos of many different races and physical characteristics.  For more information see our FAQ article, Why doesn't the census include Hispanic as a race?, and the Latino Blog post Let's Stop Segmenting People by Race! 

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