Jewish Neighborhood is New York’s Baby Capital: ‘Our Community is Making Up for the Rest of the City’
The heavily ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Borough Park is New York’s “baby capital,” a recent survey of births across the city published by the New York Post revealed on Monday.
Data from 2013, which is the most recent available, shows that the Brooklyn area has a birth rate of 27.9 per 1,000 residents. In 2013, some 5,458 babies were born in Borough Park.
“Our community is making up for the rest of the city,” said Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who has six grandchildren. “In our community, having children is fundamental. They are our most precious resource.”
New York City’s birth rate is currently at its lowest since 1936, and has seen a steady decline over the past decade. Bayside, Queens, had the lowest birth rate in New York with just 652 babies in 2013, or 5.5 born per 1,000 residents, the Post reported.
The data also revealed that half the city’s newborns were delivered by mothers who are foreigners. Asians hold the highest birth rate with 17.1 per 1,000 residents. The number of unplanned pregnancies has also declined, and the teen birth rate has fallen 10 percent since 2012 and 37.6 percent since 2004.