GC Study Finds that Dominicans Have Likely Surpassed Puerto Ricans as the City’s Largest Latino Subgroup

November 26, 2014

A new GC study suggests that Dominicans now outnumber Puerto Ricans - historically New York's largest Latino group - in the City population.

Dominicans now outnumber Puerto Ricans - historically New York's largest Latino group - in the City population, suggests a new study by the GC's Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies (CLALCS).

The spike reflects longer-term trends, including an outmigration of Puerto Ricans who have moved to the suburbs, returned to Puerto Rico, or relocated to other areas in the U.S., especially Florida.

The study, titled Have Dominicans Surpassed Puerto Ricans to Become New York City's Largest Latino Nationality?," examined U.S. Census Bureau data from 2013 to determine population changes among the largest five Latino groups in the City.

"What stands out is the extraordinary increase in the Dominican population of the City since 2010," said Laird W. Bergad, professor and director of CLALCS and the report's author. "Dominicans increased by over 140,000 people in these three years, or more than the growth experienced in the decade between 2000 and 2010."