A new study has shown Dominicans exceeding the largest Latino group over Puerto Ricans according to Census data analysis by CUNY’s Center for Latin American, Caribbean & Latino Studies. In 2013 747,473 Dominicans and 719,444 Puerto Ricans were found to be living in the five boroughs. According to the Census three years earlier there were 605,840 Dominicans and 738,978 Puerto Ricans.
“This is almost unheard of in a three-year period,” said Laird Bergad, the center’s executive director. “Dominicans increased by over 140,000 people in these three years, or more than the growth experienced in the decade between 2000 and 2010.”
The New York Daily News states “The Puerto Rican population, historically the city’s largest Latino group, has been falling since the 1990s.” This could be due to the decrease in immigration from Puerto Rico to NYC or relocating away from the big city into the suburbs. A large number have also migrated to other parts of the country, such as Florida.