This week saw the release of Crain’s New York Business‘annual Stats and the City Report, and absolute deluge of information on just about every topic imaginable. It’s a lot of data, and as such can’t be neatly summed up in a few lines. Our city is too diverse for that, too varied, and it often stands in stark contrast to stereotype.
Take the Bronx, for example. Much of the statistics seem to illustrate the Borough’s troubles–unemployment is higher there than in any other Borough, and it has the lowest income as well. But it’s also where 29% of the city’s Hispanic businesses are located, and it’s fourth in the nation overall for Hispanic-owned business. Throw in a park or two along with a famous neighborhood and a very different perspective begins to emerge.
In fact, if there’s any conclusion that Crain’s draws, it’s one of extremes.
Judging by the numbers, New York City doesn’t waste much time on the middle ground. Its greenhouse-gas emissions per capita are the lowest of any large American city. The state’s tax collections are the highest. Just 14% of New Yorkers still smoke cigarettes and outliving other Americans, but they grapple with soaring health premiums and rents. The data paint a complex picture of life in the Big Apple.
And in case you were wondering, Staten Island can pride itself on having the second highest average household income in New York, second only to Manhattan. But only 468,730 people live there. Let’s ignore the fact that that’s enough people to establish their own state in other, greener, parts of the country.
(Photo: Luna Park Coney Island)