For the first time since the 1970s, a majority of Manhattan’s population is non-Hispanic white, according to an analysis of census estimates.
The white share of the population, which had dipped to about 40 percent as recently as the 1990s, climbed to nearly 51 percent last year. The rest of the borough’s residents were 24 percent Hispanic, 14 percent black and 11 percent Asian.
In 2000, the proportions were 46 percent non-Hispanic white, 27 percent Hispanic, 16 percent black and 10 percent Asian.
The changes reflect several trends, including the dispersal of black and Hispanic Manhattanites, in part because of gentrification in Harlem, East Harlem and Washington Heights, and the construction or conversion of tens of thousands of apartments downtown, in the East Village, Hell’s Kitchen and other neighborhoods for higher-income tenants and owners.