Guyanese and Trinidadians Of Queens, NY celebrate Phagwah or Holi, the Spring Festival, in March 2013.
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Jan. 14, 2014: The combined population of Guyanese and Trinidadians represent the third highest non-immigrant population in New York City, trailing only behind migrants from the Dominican Republic and China.
That’s according to an analysis by Ravi Ramkeesoon of the Indo-Caribbean Alliance of the Guyanese and Trinidadian Populations in New York City as reported by the New York City’s Planning Department, Newest New Yorkers report.
The Alliance says it decided to combine the two groups in NYC because of the cultural and socio-economic similarities.
What they found was that the combined immigrant population of Guyanese and Trinidadians in NYC reached a conservative 227,582 compared to 380,160 from the Dominican Republic and 350,231 from China.
The median age for both immigrant groups are between 46-48 years, while approximately 1 out of 3 are between 18-44 years old.
Meanwhile, there are 65 Trinidadian males for every 100 Trinidadian females in NYC while there are 79 males for every 100 female Guyanese immigrants. By comparison, New York City (native and foreign-born) was 90 females for every 100 males.
Out of the 50 percent of the foreign-born population in the Borough of Queens, Guyanese represents the second largest foreign population with over 82,000, trailing only Chinese immigrants, who account for over 142,000.
More than half of all Guyanese immigrants in the United States live in New York City compared to 40 percent for Trinidadian immigrants.
The average household income for Guyanese immigrants overall is approximately $51,000, much higher than the average foreign-born populations and only exceeded by immigrants from India, the Philippines and United Kingdom.
Trinidadian immigrants’ household income is approx. $44,000, which also represents the average household income for all foreign-born populations. NYC’s median (including native and foreign-born) is $49,792.
Female Trinidadian immigrant workers in New York City made an average of $44,000 compared to $40,000 for female Guyanese workers.
Home ownership rates were highest for Italians (68 percent), followed by Guyanese (49 percent), Chinese (44 percent), and Filipinos (41 percent).
Among groups from the non-Hispanic Caribbean, the home ownership rate stood at 40 percent for Jamaicans, and was marginally above the city average for Trinidadians and Haitians.
In the New York Metro region, the combined total number of Guyanese and Trinidadian immigrants climbed over 288,000, trailing the Dominican Republic (557,520), China (477,386), Mexico (366,810), and India (330,881).