People in Chelsea

CHELSEA in Three Words: “Convenient, hip and trendy.”

Brief statistics of the current population in Chelsea:


Jane Jacobs trusts diversity to be the most important criteria in generating and maintaing a successful neighborhood. If this is the case, Chelsea clearly fulfills these requirements with its’ diverse population and occupants. The most recent census, taken in 2010, reveals that the gender difference in Chelsea’s occupants is 48.7% females versus 51.3% males, and the dominant age range is between 25 to 50 years with 25 to 35 years as the mode. The young age range suggests that Chelsea is a lively social neighborhood and hints at the vigorous nightlife in the area. 

In terms of racial diversity, 65.1% of the neighborhood’s population are noted as White/non-hispanic, 5.7% are Black/African American, 14.5% are of hispanic origin and 11% of the occupants are of Asian heritage. Among the hispanic population, Puerto Rican, South American (predominantly Ecuadorian), Dominican, and Mexican are the most dominant branches while Chinese, Indian, Korean and mixed Asian were the most governing Asian heritages. Considering Chelsea’s geographical location, the diverse statistics of races is not surprising and greatly resembles the ratio of Manhattan’s population as a whole. However, this was not always the case. Before the LGBT and arts community moved into the area, the neighborhood consisted mainly of Irish and latino immigrants. 

Historical significance:

The largely populated immigrant community in Chelsea is evidently traced to the industrialization of the neighborhood. By introducing factories and industrial culture into the area, the correlation with a rapid gain in immigrant population became apparent. 

Individuals and families moved into the neighborhood to work in the factories. Irish immigrants were amongst the more popular occupants working during the start of the industrialization, where they dominated work on the Hudson River piers. Due to the drastic increase in immigrant workers in the area, tenements were built  (West 10th Ave) where the workers and families were housed. Now, the occupants of Chelsea are no longer as one-dimensional and though there is a pattern in racial percentages, the neighborhood has diversified greatly over the years, especially since the art culture shifted towards Chelsea from Soho.


  • Chelsea has more Austrian and Yugoslav ancestry people living in it than nearly any neighborhood in America! 
  • 48.9% of Chelsea’s occupants live alone. This statistic is higher than 97.2% of other neighborhoods in the U.S. Often residents who live alone are new arrivals to the area or who are single, or often senior citizens who have lost a spouse. 
“New York, NY (W 30th St / 9th Ave)Help.” W 30th St & 9th Ave 10001 New York, NY Neighborhood Profile. Web. 18 Nov. 2013. <>.