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NY1 examines the results and the repercussions of the 2010 U.S. Census in each borough.

Making Census Of It: Manhattan Has Many More Whites, Families With Kids

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The special series "Making Census Of It" continues with a look at Manhattan this week, and NY1's Shazia Khan breaks down the changing demographics of the borough.

New York, New York, the so-called "capital of the world," remains a magnet. More than 1.5 million people now call Manhattan home, a jump by 3 percent in the last decade.

But the demographics are changing. Overall, the white population experienced the largest growth -- 58,000 people -- making up 48 percent of the island's residents.

"Instead of continuing to decline, the white population in Manhattan has stabilized and actually gone up slightly in the last decade," says Director John Mollenkopf of the City University of New York's Center Of Urban Research. "So that's counter to the historical trends and that reflects the strength of Manhattan's economy in corporate services, in nonprofit institutions like hospitals and universities, foundations, cultural activities .

Asians saw an increase in numbers as well, but the Latino population declined by 14,000 and the number of blacks calling the borough home dropped by 29,000.

"The black population in Manhattan has been affected both by long-term general trends of the population -- aging, some people suburbanizing, some people retiring to the south. But also more intense real estate pressures as Harlem becomes a place where young, white professionals or even graduate students think it's a good place to live," says Mollenkopf.

The number of same-sex households is up by 35 percent to 13,400, with three times as many gay male couples than lesbian couples.

The census also shows more families with children choosing to stay in Manhattan. Experts point to a lower crime rate, shorter commutes and more children's services as some of the draws.

"Thirty years ago they would say, 'We’re having a kid, let's move to the suburbs.' Now it's like, 'Well, our income is enough, we've got a co-op, so we'll stay here,'" says demographer Andrew Beveridge.

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