Over the past two decades, no other borough has changed as much as Staten Island and rapid change continues.*
Poverty has increased by nearly 90% and more than 60,000 people struggle to pay for the basic essentials of living.
Staten Island is the second fastest growing county in the state.
Staten Island's immigrant population has increased by 120%, a rate far greater than the rest of NYC.
31.6% (148,119) of Staten Islanders do not speak English at home. Over the past decade, Staten Island’s increase in limited English proficient residents was the highest in all of New York City.
Staten Island's Hispanic population alone rose by 51 percent over the past 10 years, as compared to 1.7% in Brooklyn and 10.2% in Queens.
Staten Island has one of the two largest Liberian communities outside of Africa.
The number of children classified for special education on Staten Island has increased by 130% over the past 15 years.
Staten Island’s elderly population is expected to double over the next 20 years, the largest percentage increase in NYC.
Staten Island has the highest percentage of substance addicted youth in NYC and 5 times the average rate of death from drug overdoses.
Staten Island has by far the highest percentage of gun owners in NYC (13.2 out of 1,000 people compared to 3 out of 1,000 in other boroughs) not including Staten Island’s large law enforcement population.
Staten Island is the only borough with no public hospital and no subway system.