Demographics

Data Analysis

Median Income Heat Map:

This map shows the median income spread across the community of Williamsburg with East Williamsburg attached. We see very few areas of wealth > $80,000 and a noticeably lighter region by the water as the property value skyrockets. The lower portion shows much more purple as we come across lower income residences and low land value.

This map shows the diversity of Williamsburg and surrounding areas. One of the few noticeable differences between the neighborhood and the New York average community is the absence of a Black population. Because of the high concentration directly below in South Brooklyn we see only a few hundred that cross the boundary of Williamsburg, which seems rather concrete based on the choice of community based on race. It also shows as the pie chart below, that Williamsburg is composed of mainly Whites and Hispanics.

One of the big trends among residents in Williamsburg is the “new family” residents. There is a huge population of families without kids who have perhaps chosen Williamsburg as their first home. This bar graph above shows there is an exponential drop of about 10 years in the median age of residents in Williamsburg versus the rest of Brooklyn.

Williamsburg rent is on par with the rest of New York, but it is worth noting that because of the recent addition of abnormally high rentals on the waterfront, this number has increased by about $90 in the last 4 years.

There is a huge spike in the number of kids that fail to graduate or even attend high school in Williamsburg. After speaking with Professor Theeman on possible reasons, we attribute it to the abnormally high family size of the large Hasidic Jewish Population combined with their culture of not attaining a formal education and the inherent lack of children in Williamsburg compared to the rest of New York. All of these elements skew the data because of the large pool of Hasidic kids who never attend high school who also overshadow the already low population of kids who do.

In addition we also see an above average proportion of people who have received a Professional or Doctorate degree. Our deduction was that Williamsburg is home to a relatively large amount of professors/teachers who take advantage of its access to Manhattan’s universities and colleges.

One of the shocking characteristics of Williamsburg is the amount of people that do not speak English, many from the Hispanic community, as shown by the data above. It also correlates with the number of native residents born outside the U.S. which is 3x higher than the New York average.

This adds to a statement above showing that Williamsburg is home to a lot of “first-home” couples who are newly married and without children.

 One of the downsides of the neighborhood is the staggering amount of people below the poverty level. Although these are considerable higher than the New York and Brooklyn averages, they should be taken with a grain of salt. A lot of this poverty has to do with skewing of data resulting from a lack of proper data collection. Many of the small businesses in Williamsburg take only cash and pay in cash resulting in data that is heavily skewed toward many of these people being in poverty. Because they do not declare this income, they are deemed below the poverty level, when in reality they are not. There is still an above average poverty rate in Williamsburg, but this element should be taken into consideration when analyzing these numbers.

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