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Flushing/Whitestone QN07

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Neighborhood Indicators

Demographics

Indicator 2000 2006 2010 2019 2020 2021
Population
Born in New York State 38.3% 42.2% 40.4%
Disabled population 5.6% 4.6%
Foreign-born population 50.3% 58.2% 53.0% 55.9%
Population 243,690 246,542 257,327 239,869
Population aged 65+ 15.8% 17.8% 16.0% 21.7%
Households
Households with children under 18 years old 31.5% 28.6% 29.9% 26.1%
Single-person households 25.2% 22.8% 25.4%
Race and Ethnicity
Percent Asian 36.1% 45.3% 50.2% 56.4%
Percent Black 2.8% 2.9% 2.0% 1.7%
Percent Hispanic 16.8% 16.1% 15.0% 15.6%
Percent white 41.2% 34.4% 30.0% 24.3%
Racial diversity index 0.67 0.65 0.64 0.60
Income and Poverty
Income diversity ratio 4.5 4.8 6.0
Median household income (2021$) $72,660 $67,070 $63,230 $57,730
Median household income, homeowners (2021$) $91,300 $86,320 $92,080
Median household income, renters (2021$) $53,240 $48,170 $38,420
Poverty rate 13.2% 10.6% 14.3% 14.8%
Poverty rate, population aged 65+ 14.5% 12.6% 23.2%
Poverty rate, population under 18 years old 14.1% 14.5% 18.1%
Labor Market
Labor force participation rate 62.1% 63.1% 57.5%
Population aged 25+ without a high school diploma 16.5% 19.9% 21.9%
Unemployment rate 5.52% 7.83% 11.57% 4.53%

Housing Market and Conditions

Indicator 2000 2006 2010 2019 2020 2021
Housing Stock
Homeownership rate 47.3% 50.2% 49.0% 44.1%
Housing units 92,769 93,631 98,172
Rental vacancy rate 2.9% 4.1%
Serious housing code violations (per 1,000 privately owned rental units) 16.8 9.4 23.8 25.8 37.5
Severe crowding rate (% of renter households) 4.9% 5.2%
Total housing code violations (per 1,000 privately owned rental units) 138.1 59.8 91.7 75.6 167.0
Finance - Distress
Notices of foreclosure rate (per 1,000 1-4 family and condo properties) 3.2 3.7 7.5 2.6 1.8 1.8
Notices of foreclosure, all residential properties 112 133 287 106 77 79
Notices of foreclosure, initial, 1-4 family and condo properties 75 113 221 42 31 40
Notices of foreclosure, repeat, 1-4 family and condo properties 35 20 61 62 43 37
Pre-foreclosure notice rate (per 1,000 1-4 family and condo properties) 19.1 10.7 7.0
Pre-foreclosure notices, 1-4 family and condo properties 774 442 293
Properties entering REO, 1-4 family 0 4 7
Finance - Lending
FHA/VA-backed home purchase loans (% of home purchase loans) 0.0% 2.9% 0.6% 0.8%
Higher-cost home purchase loans (% of home purchase loans) 8.3% 1.1% 6.8% 5.5%
Higher-cost refinance loans (% of refinance loans) 19.0% 1.1% 4.9% 1.5%
Home purchase loan rate (per 1,000 properties) 41.0 21.0 16.5 15.9
Home purchase loans in LMI tracts (% of home purchase loans) 19.2% 15.5% 26.5% 33.0%
Home purchase loans to LMI borrowers (% of home purchase loans) 5.7% 10.9% 9.0% 12.4%
Refinance loan rate (per 1,000 properties) 24.5 15.9 12.1 22.6
Sales - Volume
Sales volume, 1 family building 685 752 406 377 341 621
Sales volume, 2-4 family building 519 593 257 215 215 335
Sales volume, 5+ family building 11 24 7 14 0 11
Sales volume, condominium 400 383 393 334 437 742
Sales volume, all property types 1,615 1,752 1,063 940 993 1,709
Sales - Median Prices
Median sales price per unit, 1 family building (2021$) $814,530 $716,000 $945,750 $929,850 $945,000
Median sales price per unit, 2-4 family building (2021$) $450,310 $400,470 $559,570 $547,580 $579,000
Median sales price per unit, 5+ family building (2021$) $187,080 $151,700 $242,350 $249,000
Median sales price per unit, condominium (2021$) $509,910 $447,800 $662,020 $693,280 $600,000
Sales - Housing Price Index
Index of housing price appreciation, 1 family building 100.0 207.7 187.4 299.5 295.7 295.9
Index of housing price appreciation, 2-4 family building 100.0 204.8 196.6 326.4 322.0 306.2
Index of housing price appreciation, 5+ family building 100.0 265.7 155.8 514.3 557.6
Index of housing price appreciation, condominium 100.0 208.4 202.7 310.1 306.7 294.5
Index of housing price appreciation, all property types 100.0 207.7 195.7 309.5 305.3 299.1
Subsidized Housing
Total number of subsidized properties (properties) 35
HUD Financing or Insurance (properties) 3
HUD Financing or Insurance (units) 191
HUD Project-based Rental Assistance Program (properties) 2
HUD Project-based Rental Assistance Program (units) 341
Low Income Housing Tax Credit (properties) 8
Low Income Housing Tax Credit (units) 1,260
Public Housing (properties) 4
Public Housing (units) 930
Mitchell-Lama (properties) 2
Mitchell-Lama (units) 424
421-a Tax Exemption (properties) 82
421-a Tax Exemption (units) 2,738
420-c Tax Exemption (properties) 6
420-c Tax Exemption (units) 968
NYC Housing Production Programs and Zoning Incentives or Requirements (properties) 9
Eligible to expire from housing programs between 2022 and 2027 (properties) 1
Eligible to expire from housing programs between 2022 and 2027 (units) 66
Eligible to expire from housing programs between 2028 and 2037 (properties) 3
Eligible to expire from housing programs between 2028 and 2037 (units) 500
Eligible to expire from housing programs in 2038 and later (properties) 7
Eligible to expire from housing programs in 2038 and later (units) 885

Land Use and Development

Indicator 2000 2006 2010 2019 2020 2021
Density
Population density (1,000 persons per square mile) 20.9 21.9 20.4
Development
Units authorized by new residential building permits 529 0 482 511 500
Units issued new certificates of occupancy 596 727 451 900 291

Neighborhood Services and Conditions

Indicator 2000 2006 2010 2019 2020 2021
Commute
Car-free commute (% of commuters) 42.4% 46.3% 47.4% 49.4%
Mean travel time to work (minutes) 40.5 41.1 40.1 41.7
Crime and Incarceration
Serious crime rate (per 1,000 residents) 9.7 7.7 7.6 7.9 8.4
Serious crime rate, property (per 1,000 residents) 7.8 5.9 5.5 6.0 6.9
Serious crime rate, violent (per 1,000 residents) 1.9 1.8 2.1 1.9 1.4
Schools
Students performing at grade level in English language arts, 4th grade 67.3%
Students performing at grade level in math, 4th grade 72.3%

Renters

Indicator 2000 2006 2010 2019 2020 2021
Median Rent
Median rent, 2- and 3-bedrooms (2021$) $1,750 $1,730
Median rent, all (2021$) $1,330 $1,540 $1,610 $1,640
Median rent, recent movers (2021$) $1,700 $1,770
Median rent, studios and 1-bedrooms (2021$) $1,330 $1,360
Change in collected rent (2019-2020) -1.6%
Affordability
Rental units affordable at 30% AMI (% of recently available units) 3.5% 5.9%
Rental units affordable at 80% AMI (% of recently available units) 43.6% 63.7%
Rental units affordable at 120% AMI (% of recently available units) 93.7% 97.5%
Rent Burden
Moderately rent-burdened households 26.3% 22.0% 20.5%
Moderately rent-burdened households, low income 34.9% 30.3%
Moderately rent-burdened households, moderate income 17.9% 14.3%
Severely rent-burdened households 23.7% 31.3% 41.1%
Severely rent-burdened households, low income 50.3% 54.4%
Severely rent-burdened households, moderate income 0.3% 0.2%
Rental Subsidy
Housing choice vouchers (% of occupied, privately owned rental units) 0.9% 0.5% 0.5%
Public housing (% of rental units) 2.4%
DEMOGRAPHICS

In 2019, there were an estimated 239,869 people in Flushing/Whitestone, of which 56.4% of the population identified as Asian, 1.7% identified as Black, 15.6% identified as Hispanic, and 24.3% identified as white.

Graph showing the racial and ethnic composition of Flushing/Whitestone in both 2000 and 2015-2019.
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In 2019, the household income group with the largest share (24.0%) of households was $100,001 - $250,000. In 2000, the same household income group had the largest share as well, with a slightly higher share of 28.7%.

Graph showing the distribution of household income in Flushing/Whitestone in both 2000 and 2015-2019.
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Median household income in 2019 was $57,730, about 21% less than citywide median household income ($72,930). The poverty rate in Flushing/Whitestone was 14.8% in 2019 compared to 16.0% citywide.

The poverty rate in Flushing/Whitestone was 14.8% in 2019 compared to 16.0% citywide.
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The rent distribution shows the share of apartments by their size (according to the number of bedrooms), and then for each apartment size in the community district, the share of apartments according to their monthly gross rent. This distribution compares 5-year ACS figures from 2010 to 5-year ACS figures from 2019. This is a new figure made for the 2021 State of the City report.

Graph showing the distribution of rents in Flushing/Whitestone in both 2010 and 2015-2019.
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HOUSING

Renters

Real median gross rent in Flushing/Whitestone increased from $1,540 in 2006 to $1,640 in 2019. In 2019, 41.1% of renter households in Flushing/Whitestone were severely rent burdened (spent more than 50% of household income on rent). 63.7% of the rental units were affordable at 80% Area Median Income, 20 percentage points higher than the share in 2010. 2.4% of rental units were public housing rental units, as of 2021. The overall rental vacancy rate in Flushing/Whitestone was 4.1% in 2019.

Real median gross rent in Flushing/Whitestone increased from $1,520 in 2007 to $1,640 in 2019.
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2.4% of the rental units in Flushing/Whitestone are public housing rental units in 2021.
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Homeowners

In 2019, the homeownership rate in Flushing/Whitestone was 44.1%, higher than the citywide share of 31.9%. The homeownership rate in the neighborhood has decreased by 4.9 percentage points since 2010. In 2020, the home purchase loan rate was 15.9 per 1,000 properties (owner-occupied 1-4 family buildings, condominiums, or cooperative apartments) and the refinance loan rate was 22.6 per 1,000 properties in the neighborhood. Out of all the first-time home purchase loans and refinance loans in Flushing/Whitestone, 5.5% and 1.5% were high cost loans, respectively. 79 properties had a filing of mortgage foreclosure in Flushing/Whitestone in 2021. There were 1.8 mortgage foreclosure actions initiated per 1,000 1-4 family properties and condominium units.

There were 1.8 mortgage foreclosure notices per 1,000 1-4 family properties and condominium units in Flushing/Whitestone in 2021
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Development

Department of Buildings issued new certificates of occupancy to 291 residential units in new buildings in Flushing/Whitestone in 2020, 609 less than the number of units certified in 2019.

Department of Buildings issued new certificates of occupancy to 291 residential units in new buildings in Flushing/Whitestone last year, 609 less than the number of units certified in 2019.
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Over the last decade, 3,165 units in 4+ unit buildings were built in Flushing/Whitestone. 84% were market rate, compared to 13% low-income. We use data from a variety of sources to count the number of income-restricted units targeted to households earning between 80% and 165% of AMI. However, due to restricted availability of granular data our calculations of income-restricted units should be read as conservative estimates. Read more about our methdology in the technical appendix of the 2021 Focus Report.

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NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES AND CONDITIONS

The serious crime rate was 8.4 serious crimes per 1,000 residents in 2021, compared to 12.2 serious crimes per 1,000 residents citywide.

The serious crime rate was 8.4 serious crimes per 1,000 residents in 2021, compared to 12.2 serious crimes per 1,000 residents citywide.
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Data Notes: See CoreData User Guide for more information about indicator definitions and methods.

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 2019 heading comes from the 2015 – 2019 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.