Planning29 Apr 2011 05:30 am

Large Rise in Hispanic/Latino Population

Passyunk Square’s population grew by 7.7% between 2000 and 2010, according to the recent 2010 Census. For the five census tracts that make up the neighborhood (which also include portions north of Passyunk Square to Christian Street and south to Mifflin/McKean), the neighborhood gained 1,567 persons in that ten-year period, from 20,248 in 2000 to 21,815 in 2010.
The neighborhood in 2010 is 66% White, 19% Asian, 9% some other race alone, 5% Black, and 1% American Indian, which is similar to the year 2000, when the neighborhood was 69% White, 19% Asian, 9% Black, and 2% some other race alone. The neighborhood went from being 6% Hispanic or Latino (1,271 persons) in 2000, to 16% Hispanic or Latino (3,545 persons) in 2010, for a net increase of 2,274 Hispanic or Latino persons, or 279%. (Note that Hispanic or Latino is an ethnicity and is separate from race.)
The total number of housing units increased from 9,948 in 2000 to 10,381 in 2010, for a net increase of 433 housing units, or 4%. The percentage of vacant housing units has also declined from 2000 to 2010, from a vacancy rate of 12% in 2000 to 10% in 2010.

If we examine the data down to the most specific level–the census block—this allows us to examine our exact neighborhood boundaries of Broad to 6th, Washington to Tasker, which comprise 136 census blocks. The 2010 Census shows a population of 11,440, of which 64% are White, 21% are Asian, 9% are some other race alone, 5% are Black and 1% are American Indian. Similarly, 16% are of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity. There are 5,457 housing units, of which 540 are vacant, or 10%.

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