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Number of Births In New York City

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New York City. The Right Start > Profiles: Step One. Annie E. Casey Foundation. "The yearly number of births in New York City declined from 135,198 births in 1990 to 119,911 in 1998." 135,198
Live births by Resident County and Race/Ethnicity. 1999 Vital Statistics. New York State.
Table 9: Live Births by Resident County
and Race/Ethnicity
New York State 1999
County Total1
New York City 119,179
Bronx 22,417
Kings 39,582
New York 19,687
Queens 31,653
Richmond 5,840

New York City is the largest city in the Untied States and one of the largest cities in the world. The birth rate in New York City increases and decreases yearly. In year 2000 the city was extremely racially/ethnically diverse. Among those of a single race white non Hispanics remained the largest group accounting for 35 percentĀ  (2.8 million) of the city's population. Hispanics were the largest minority group accounting for 27 percent (2.16 million) and black non Hispanics were responsible for 24.5 percent (1.96 million).

An interesting New York Times article from Aug 10, 1966 says that a sharp increase in births were reported by several large hospitals nine months after the 1965 blackout. Mount Sinai Hospital had 28 births the Monday nine months later. This was a record for the hospital whose previous average was 11 births daily. Columbia Presbyterian averages 11 births daily and had 15 that Monday. St. Vincent's averages 7 births and had 10. Brookdale averages 10 and had 13 and, Coney island averages 5 and had 8. When sociologist Paul Siegel was asked to comment on the increase of births he said "the lights went out and people were left to interact with each other."

Chivonne Henriques -- 2004