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Learn where to access statistical data for the neighborhoods and boroughs of New York City.
Last Updated: Oct 31, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Neighborhoods are informally defined areas within a borough. Different sources will use different definitions to geographically define neighborhoods:

  • PUMAs
    Public Use Microdata Areas: statistical areas defined by the US Census Bureau; they resemble neighborhoods. Go here for tables and maps.
  • Census Tracts
    Small statistical areas created by the Census Bureau that are smaller than neighborhoods.
  • NTAs
    Neighborhood Tabulation Areas; created by the NYC Dept of Planning by aggregating census tracts into 195 neighborhood-like areas. Go here for tables and maps.
  • ZIP Codes
    Created by the US Postal Service to deliver mail. Marketing data is often available by ZIP code as is decennial census data. Go here for tables and maps.
  • Community Districts
    59 large neighborhood-like areas as defined by the NYC Planning Department.
  • Health Districts
    Neighborhood-like areas as defined by the NYC Dept of Health

NYC Data: What's In This Guide

This guide will help you locate data for New York City's boroughs and neighborhoods. The data may be organized in profiles (several pieces of data for one place) or comparative tables (one piece of data for many places). When looking for data, you will often have to balance geographic availability with currency and data format. Most of the sources in this guide are publically available; the US Census Bureau and various City and State agencies are the main sources.

Boroughs vs. Counties

Larger than neighborhoods, boroughs and counties are the same areas with different names. Borough names are used by city agencies and the media while county names are used by state and federal agencies:

  • The Bronx is Bronx County (ANSI / FIPS 36005)
  • Brooklyn is Kings County (ANSI / FIPS 36047)
  • Manhattan is New York County (ANSI / FIPS 36061)
  • Queens is Queens County (ANSI / FIPS 36081)
  • Staten Island is Richmond County (ANSI / FIPS 36085)

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