Bronx Population Explodes as Borough is Fastest Growing County in State

The Bronx is booming as population is just hundreds away from the historical high set in 1970.

As New York City hits a record 8.6 million residents, our borough’s population continues to explode as The Bronx added 88,052 new residents from 2010 to 2017 according accounting for a 6.21% increase according to the Department of City Planning.

That places our borough at 1,471,160 placing us just 541 residents away from our historical high of 1,471,701 set in 1970 before The Bronx lost almost 400,000 residents as our borough burned through landlord led arson.

With the newly approved Jerome Avenue Rezoning earlier today paving the way for potentially increasing the housing stock in that area by 4,600 apartments not to mention the thousands of apartments currently under construction, we probably already have surpassed the historical high of 1970.

But our transit system is collapsing and our borough has one less subway line than we did in the 1950s when the Third Avenue El zoomed down all the way from Gun Hill to downtown Manhattan.

We can already see the impact of this population boom on the overcrowded subway platforms and the fact that many times commuters have to let trains go by before getting on one due to delays which further compounds the sardine-like nature of these rides.

The Bronx’s population is predicted to grow to 1,579,000 by 2040 representing a 14% increase from 2010 adding almost 200,000 more residents.


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Ed García Conde

Ed García Conde is a life-long Bronxite who spends his time documenting the people, places, and things that make the borough a special place in the hopes of dispelling the negative stereotypes associated with The Bronx. His writings are often cited by mainstream media and is often consulted for his expertise on the borough's rich history.