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Brooklyn has been known as one of New York City’s more racially diverse boroughs, but this may not be the case for long with its growing reputation as a mecca for young, white, artistically minded 20-somethings. Michael Petrilli of the Thomas Fordham Institute recently attempted to explore the nation’s “fastest- gentrifying neighborhoods” by looking at the change in white population percentage by zip code over the last 10 years, reported by Nate Berg of The Atlantic Cities.
Petrilli then listed the top 25 zips with the greatest percentage point increases. Of the 25 zip codes listed, four of them were in Brooklyn, with two of these in the top 10 of the nation.
These zips encompass the young, growing neighborhoods of Williamsburg, Bushwick and Prospect Heights among others, ironically home to people who would presumably oppose gentrification in loud and plaid fashion.
It’s debatable whether looking solely at the white population is the best way to gauge gentrification, but what is clear is that Brooklyn is becoming whiter at a remarkably fast rate.
Just to give you a sense of how great this change has been, the Clinton Hill and Williamsburg neighborhoods have both seen whites taking over 29% of the population since 2000. That means almost a third of the population has seen a Caucasian overhaul! At this rate, that constant flow of PBR to Brooklyn seems only destined to grow stronger.
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