Hell’s Kitchen is an extremely diverse neighborhood that has undergone significant social changes over the past few decades. This diversity is vital in defining Hell’s Kitchen. Jane Jacobs suggests that, “The more successfully a city mingles everyday diversity of uses and users in its everyday streets, the more successful its people.” Stemming from a diverse past of immigrants and strong cultures, the neighborhood today has become one of the most promising up-and-coming neighborhoods in Manhattan.
Over the past ten years, the population of Hell’s Kitchen has greatly increased due to improvements in general safety, housing, and cultural attractions. The birthrate has decreased, possibly due to the number of young people in the neighborhood, namely artists and entrepreneurs who are not interested in children, as well as a significant increase in the gay male population. The older, more loyal residents of the neighborhood are also past the typical child bearing years at this point. The death rate however, has decreased, suggesting a rise in health care, as well as young and vital energy throughout Hell’s Kitchen.
|103,245||Total population||Increased 18% in past 10 years|
|921||Births||Decreased 1.3% in past 10 years|
|565||Deaths||Decreased 1.5% in past 10 years|
Hell’s Kitchen has a vivid history that is grounded in varying ethnicities. Originally a strong Irish immigrant neighborhood, this district was then occupied by a large number of Peurto Rican’s, among other nationalities. The results of this culturally intense past are represented in the ethnic breakdown of Hell’s Kitchen.
The male to female ratio in Hell’s Kitchen errs slightly on the side of the males. This could be largely due to the great increase in the gay male population of the neighborhood, who have greatly taken over the neighborhoods demographics in the past several years.
Hell’s Kitchen has a relatively high population-to-housing units ratio, at around 100 People per 70 units. This translates to a high number of singles housing, with decreasing amounts of housing units as the number of occupants rises. The majority of housing units however, are not familial housing. In other words, in units with more than one person the occupants are most likely unrelated. This could be a result of the large number of young residents in the neighborhood, many of whom are artist who are living with roommates.
|PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL HOUSING|
|23.1%||More Than Two People|
United States. US Census Bureau. NYC Department of City Planning. Manhattan Community District 4 Profile. 2013. Online.