Social Explorer’s Andrew Beveridge on Growth of Asian Population in Queens. by Sydney Beveridge
Many may dispute with the New York City census count, but the growth of the Asian population in Queens is clear. NY1’s Ruschell Boone interviewed Social Explorer’s Andrew Beveridge in the report “Making Census Of It: Borough’s Asian Population Expanding Rapidly.”
There is great power in numbers and the Asian population is rapidly increasing theirs. With a half a million people living in the borough, U.S. Census results show that one in five Queens residents is Asian.
What’s even more remarkable is how fast the population has expanded. The South and Southeast Asian population grew nearly 31 percent in 10 years: The largest increase of any other immigrant group in the borough.
Queens has 2.2 million people and Asians now account for 23 percent of the overall population while whites and Hispanics each make up 28 percent. Experts believe most Asians are coming from China and India, but other groups are increasing their numbers as well.
Asians are also changing the face of many of the borough’s neighborhoods.
“The Asians have turned certain parts of Queens completely around financially and economically,” said Queens College Professor Andrew Beveridge.