Bronx, NY, Borough Information and Higher Education Facts

The Bronx is one of New York City's five boroughs. It is home to several universities and colleges offering a variety of programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Below, find out more about attractions, population, the economy and school options in the Bronx.

Information about the Bronx

The Bronx is New York City's fourth-largest borough by both population and land area, the only borough located on the mainland and the commonly accepted birthplace of the hip-hop music genre. As of 2015 U.S. census data, the borough's population is estimated at around 1,455,000 residents.

Home to over 60 landmarks and historic districts, the Bronx offers attractions to suit most interests, including Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Zoo, New York Botanical Gardens, Hall of Fame for Great Americans, Bronx Museum of Arts and a host of theaters and galleries. The Bronx also has two of New York's largest parks, Pelham Bay Park and Van Cortlandt Park. Across the borough, diverse neighborhoods feature a wide range of demographics and architectural styles, from the urban, middle-class western neighborhoods of Riverdale and Kingsbridge Heights to the suburban, maritime City Island and the ethnically diverse South Bronx.

Higher Education

The Bronx has a handful of schools in its immediate area and is surrounded by a large number of postsecondary institutions, including 30 public and non-profit schools in a 5-mile radius. It is home to the oldest and largest residential campus of Fordham University, a nationally ranked private Jesuit institution, at Rose Hill. Fordham was ranked 66th among national universities in 2016 by U.S. News & World Report. It has a total enrollment of about 15,000 and also maintains campuses in Manhattan, Westchester County and Armonk, N.Y.

Three City University of New York schools are found in the Bronx. These include Bronx Community College, Hostos Community College and Lehman College, which is the largest of the three CUNY schools with almost 12,400 students.

Other colleges and universities near the Bronx include Marymount Manhattan College, Rockefeller University, New York Theological Seminary and Yeshiva University. The greater New York City area is home to New York University, Columbia University and the Juilliard School, to name a few.

Economy and Employment

The median household income in the Bronx, as of 2010-2014 census data, was $34,284 per year, less than New York State's median of $58,687. Census data from 2014, which reported on median annual earnings, found that workers in the utilities industry had a median income of $54,243. Public administration positions made $52,375, while professional, scientific, and technical services earned $47,875.

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