Where Do New Yorkers Come From?

New York started in the 17th century as a small Dutch settlement.. New Amsterdam. Throughout it’s nearly 400-year history, New York City’s demography has been characterized by an ever-changing series of immigration waves, coming from all corners of the globe.


In a great graphic is shown how these waves of immigration have varied over time. The circles represent each group’s share of New York City’s foreign-born population in the given year.
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