Demographic Trends That Will Change Electoral Politics in NYC

Bijan Rezvani |
Encore: October 22, 2012

John Mollenkopf, director of the Center for Urban Research at The Graduate Center, CUNY, discusses New York City’s demographic trends and how population transformation affects electoral politics on the upcoming episode of MetroFocus.

Below, explore the interactive map featured in the interview, which compares New York City populations based on 2000 and 2010 Census data. Zoom in as close as an individual block to see how its residents have changed over the ten-year period.

John Mollenkopf, director of the Center for Urban Research, discusses the changing demographics of New York City and how they will influence political campaign strategies on the October broadcast of MetroFocus, premiering on WLIW21 on Oct. 23 at 10:30 p.m., THIRTEEN on Oct. 25 at 8:30 p.m. and NJTV on Oct. 25 at 10 p.m.

Race and Ethnicity by Census Block map courtesy of CUNY Mapping Service and Director Steven Romalewski. Click on “legend” for information about race; click and drag the map to see a particular area and use zoom tool in upper left-hand corner.


“The city is less white…and more everything else,” said Mollenkopf in his interview with MetroFocus host Rafael Pi Roman. “One thing that people don’t realize is that it is also less African-American and less Puerto Rican over time. All of the racial groups’ native-born components are declining.”

As for campaigning for a local office in New York City, Mollenkopf advised, “One really important change from 10 or 15 years ago is that you can’t win a mayoral election on the basis of racial polarization of native-born whites against everybody else…You need to create a cross-group coalition to win.”


MetroFocus is made possible by Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Sylvia A. and Simon B. Poyta Programming Endowment to Fight Anti-Semitism, The Peter G. Peterson and Joan Ganz Cooney Fund, Bernard and Denise Schwartz, Barbara Hope Zuckerberg, The Ambrose Monell Foundation, Janet Prindle Seidler, Jody and John Arnhold, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Judy and Josh Weston and the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation.

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