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State of the City 2019

Bensonhurst BK11

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DEMOGRAPHICS
In 2018, there were about 186,850 people in Bensonhurst, with 40.9% of the population identified as Asian, 1.0% identified as black, 17.1% identified as Hispanic, and 37.1% identified as white. Median household income in 2018 was $55,360, about 15% less than citywide median household income ($64,850). The poverty rate in Bensonhurst was 20.0% in 2018 compared to 17.3% citywide.

Poverty Rate, 2018

The poverty rate in Bensonhurst was 20.0% in 2018 compared to 17.3% citywide.
Sources: American Community Survey, NYU Furman Center
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HOUSING

Renters

Real median gross rent in Bensonhurst increased from $1,220 in 2006 to $1,430 in 2018. In 2018, 34.3% of renter households in Bensonhurst were severely rent burdened (spent more than 50% of household income on rent). 81.0% of the rental units are affordable at the 80% Area Median Income, 2 percentage points lower than the share in 2010. None of the rental units are public housing rental units in 2018. The overall rental vacancy rate in Bensonhurst was 2.3%.

Real Median Gross Rent 2006 - 2018 (2019$)

Real median gross rent in Bensonhurst increased from $1,220 in 2006 to $1,430 in 2018.
Sources: American Community Survey, NYU Furman Center
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Share of Rental Units Located in New York City Housing Authority Public Housing

None of the rental units in Bensonhurst are public housing rental units in 2018.
Sources: American Community Survey, NYU Furman Center
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Homeowners

In 2018, the homeownership rate in Bensonhurst was 36.3%, higher than the citywide share of 32.8%. The homeownership rate in the neighborhood has decreased by 3.1 percentage points since 2010. In 2018, the home purchase loan rate was 18.2 per 1,000 properties (owner-occupied 1-4 family buildings, condominiums, or cooperative apartments) and the refinance loan rate was 7.9 per 1,000 properties in the neighborhood. 51 properties had a filing of mortgage foreclosure in Bensonhurst in 2018. There were 2.4 mortgage foreclosure actions initiated per 1,000 1-4 family properties and condominium units.

Rate of Mortgage Foreclosure Actions Initiated Per 1,000 1-4 Family Properties and Condominium Units 2000 - 2018

There were 2.4 mortgage foreclosure actions initiated per 1,000 1-4 family properties and condominium units in Bensonhurst in 2018.
Sources: Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, NYU Furman Center
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Development

In 2019, there were 285 units authorized by new residential building permits, which is 3.0% of total new units in Brooklyn, and 1.1% of the citywide total, in Bensonhurst. Department of Buildings issued new certificates of occupancy to 142 residential units in new buildings in Bensonhurst last year, 53 less than the number of units certified in 2018.

Units Issued New Certificates of Occupancy, 2000 - 2019

Department of Buildings issued new certificates of occupancy to `142 residential units in new buildings in Bensonhurst last year, `53 less than the number of units certified in 2018.
Sources: Department of Buildings, Department of City Planning, NYU Furman Center
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NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES AND CONDITIONS
In 2019, 66.6% of 4th grade students attending schools in Bensonhurst performed at grade level in math, compared to 52.3% in Brooklyn, and 49.4% citywide; 60.0% of Bensonhurst 4th graders performed at grade level in English language arts, compared to 51.2% in Brooklyn, and 49.6% citywide. The serious crime rate was 5.6 serious crimes per 1,000 residents in 2019, compared to 11.3 serious crimes per 1,000 residents citywide.

Serious Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents, 2019

The serious crime rate was 5.6 serious crimes per 1,000 residents in 2019, compared to 11.3 serious crimes per 1,000 residents citywide.
Sources: New York City Police Department, NYU Furman Center
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Neighborhood Indicators: BK11 Bensonhurst

Demographics

Indicator 2000 2006 2010 2018 2019 Rank (2000) Rank (18/19)
Population
Born in New York State 44.7% 43.8% 40.0% 45
Disabled population 6.1% 5.7% 37
Foreign-born population 50.7% 51.1% 52.2% 54.5% 7 6
Population 171,778 174,593 164,506 186,850
Population aged 65+ 17.0% 18.0% 20.5% 15.7% 6 19
Households
Households with children under 18 years old 31.9% 31.9% 29.4% 34.4% 37 15
Single-person households 28.0% 27.1% 21.8% 48
Race and Ethnicity
Percent Asian 23.1% 30.2% 33.7% 40.9% 7 3
Percent Black 0.4% 0.3% 0.1% 1.0% 55 54
Percent Hispanic 8.8% 9.9% 13.4% 17.1% 47 35
Percent white 64.7% 58.6% 50.7% 37.1% 10 20
Racial diversity index 0.52 0.55 0.61 0.67 34 14
Income and Poverty
Income diversity ratio 5.8 4.7 5.5 28
Median household income (2019$) $53,430 $48,790 $44,170 $55,360 34 36
Median household income, homeowners (2019$) $73,120 $60,340 $86,970 39
Median household income, renters (2019$) $35,500 $36,880 $42,420 39
Poverty rate 19.7% 17.9% 14.0% 20.0% 26 17
Poverty rate, population aged 65+ 22.6% 12.4% 24.7% 15
Poverty rate, population under 18 years old 24.4% 20.1% 30.1% 16
Labor Market
Labor force participation rate 57.1% 53.9% 62.8% 29
Population aged 25+ without a high school diploma 28.3% 30.1% 25.6% 9
Unemployment rate 7.12% 4.88% 8.60% 5.78% 40 19

Housing Market and Conditions

Indicator 2000 2006 2010 2018 2019 Rank (2000) Rank (18/19)
Housing Stock
Homeownership rate 31.2% 39.1% 39.4% 36.3% 21 20
Housing units 66,327 67,271 67,933 17
Rental vacancy rate 3.9% 2.3% 39
Serious housing code violations (per 1,000 privately owned rental units) 17.2 22.5 29.7 54.9 31
Severe crowding rate (% of renter households) 3.9% 6.2% 10
Total housing code violations (per 1,000 privately owned rental units) 116.5 118.9 179.3 221.7 31
Finance - Distress
Notices of foreclosure rate (per 1,000 1-4 family and condo properties) 2.5 3.1 5.2 2.4 48 49
Notices of foreclosure, all residential properties 53 60 110 51 34 34
Notices of foreclosure, initial, 1-4 family and condo properties 36 46 80 24 32 35
Notices of foreclosure, repeat, 1-4 family and condo properties 9 12 22 24 35 34
Pre-foreclosure notice rate (per 1,000 1-4 family and condo properties) 20.7 18.0 46
Pre-foreclosure notices, 1-4 family and condo properties 420 364 28
Properties entering REO, 1-4 family 1 1 2 45
Finance - Lending
FHA/VA-backed home purchase loans (% of home purchase loans) 0.0% 1.4% 0.5% 36
Higher-cost home purchase loans (% of home purchase loans) 0.0% 0.5%
Higher-cost refinance loans (% of refinance loans) 0.0% 2.6%
Home purchase loan rate (per 1,000 properties) 34.8 25.8 18.2 33
Home purchase loans in LMI tracts (% of home purchase loans) 40.6% 36.7% 58.6% 17
Home purchase loans to LMI borrowers (% of home purchase loans) 3.5% 11.0% 11.1% 18
Refinance loan rate (per 1,000 properties) 25.3 13.6 7.9 39
Sales - Volume
Sales volume, 1 family building 125 128 77 105 24 23
Sales volume, 2-4 family building 446 532 300 338 11 10
Sales volume, 5+ family building 20 31 17 18 25 29
Sales volume, all property types 624 804 519 583 16 25
Sales volume, condominium 33 113 125 122 25 23
Sales - Median Prices
Median sales price per unit, 1 family building (2019$) $394,340 $639,160 $641,890 $850,000 19 26
Median sales price per unit, 2-4 family building (2019$) $217,410 $356,460 $353,700 $495,000 18 24
Median sales price per unit, 5+ family building (2019$) $72,640 $138,370 $142,010 $221,300 28 34
Median sales price per unit, condominium (2019$) $387,700 $564,500 $470,010 $533,820 11 30
Sales - Housing Price Index
Index of housing price appreciation, 1 family building 100.0 193.5 212.8 309.9 1 22
Index of housing price appreciation, 2-4 family building 100.0 194.3 219.0 351.8 1 16
Index of housing price appreciation, 5+ family building 100.0 221.7 260.4 339.1 1 47
Index of housing price appreciation, all property types 100.0 198.2 219.9 341.1 1 18
Index of housing price appreciation, condominium 100.0 189.5 188.9 258.3 1 41
Subsidized Housing
Total number of subsidized properties (properties) 8 51
HUD Financing or Insurance (properties) 2 34
HUD Financing or Insurance (units) 0 39
HUD Project-based Rental Assistance Program (properties) 1 50
HUD Project-based Rental Assistance Program (units) 52 51
Low Income Housing Tax Credit (properties) 0 52
Low Income Housing Tax Credit (units) 0 50
Public Housing (properties) 0 42
Public Housing (units) 0 42
Mitchell-Lama (properties) 1 37
Mitchell-Lama (units) 120 42
421-a Tax Exemption (properties) 5 52
421-a Tax Exemption (units) 38 54
420-c Tax Exemption (properties) 0 46
420-c Tax Exemption (units) 0 46
NYC Housing Production Programs and Zoning Incentives or Requirements (properties) 3 48
Eligible to expire from housing programs between 2020 and 2025 (properties) 0 47
Eligible to expire from housing programs between 2020 and 2025 (units) 0 44
Eligible to expire from housing programs between 2026 and 2035 (properties) 1 44
Eligible to expire from housing programs between 2026 and 2035 (units) 0 50
Eligible to expire from housing programs in 2036 and later (properties) 3 42
Eligible to expire from housing programs in 2036 and later (units) 172 45

Land Use and Development

Indicator 2000 2006 2010 2018 2019 Rank (2000) Rank (18/19)
Density
Population density (1,000 persons per square mile) 47.2 44.5 50.5 17
Development
Units authorized by new residential building permits 97 295 33 99 285 43 32
Units issued new certificates of occupancy 86 256 218 195 142 35 42

Neighborhood Services and Conditions

Indicator 2000 2006 2010 2018 2019 Rank (2000) Rank (18/19)
Commute
Car-free commute (% of commuters) 63.3% 66.6% 69.6% 69.8% 33 32
Mean travel time to work (minutes) 44.9 43.3 44.4 47.2 16 10
Crime and Incarceration
Serious crime rate (per 1,000 residents) 10.0 6.7 5.5 5.6 54
Serious crime rate, property (per 1,000 residents) 7.8 5.0 4.0 4.2 52
Serious crime rate, violent (per 1,000 residents) 2.3 1.7 1.5 1.4 53
Schools
Students performing at grade level in English language arts, 4th grade 65.7% 60.0% 19
Students performing at grade level in math, 4th grade 68.1% 66.6% 13

Renters

Indicator 2000 2006 2010 2018 2019 Rank (2000) Rank (18/19)
Median Rent
Median rent, 2- and 3-bedrooms (2019$) $1,310 $1,520 31
Median rent, all (2019$) $1,090 $1,220 $1,170 $1,430 25 28
Median rent, recent movers (2019$) $1,240 $1,500 38
Median rent, studios and 1-bedrooms (2019$) $1,060 $1,250 32
Median rent, asking $1,330 $1,800 47
Affordability
Rental units affordable at 30% AMI (% of recently available units) 3.2% 6.5% 21
Rental units affordable at 80% AMI (% of recently available units) 82.5% 81.0% 12
Rental units affordable at 120% AMI (% of recently available units) 98.3% 98.8% 16
Rent Burden
Moderately rent-burdened households 23.3% 31.1% 24.6% 29
Moderately rent-burdened households, low income 36.5% 32.5% 16
Moderately rent-burdened households, moderate income 6.7% 3.8% 51
Severely rent-burdened households 30.9% 30.5% 34.3% 5 12
Severely rent-burdened households, low income 41.1% 47.9% 20
Severely rent-burdened households, moderate income 0.0% 0.2% 28
Rental Subsidy
Housing choice vouchers (% of occupied, privately owned rental units) 7.3% 4.8% 25
Public housing (% of rental units) 0.0% 42

Data Notes: See Indicator Definitions, Rankings, and Methods for more information.

Indicators: The rental vacancy rate, severe crowding rate, and the severely rent-burdened households indicators use five-year American Community Survey (ACS) estimates. Data under the 2010 heading comes from the 2006 – 2010 ACS and data under the 2018 heading comes from the 2014 – 2018 ACS.

Rankings: We report rankings out of all neighborhoods for which the indicator can be calculated. Rankings are listed for community districts, though some indicators are reported at the sub-borough area level.