Kay and I have a silly conversation about why many New Yorkers suffer from a myopic view of their city and its importance in the world. I don’t have time to engage in an all-out pissing contest but I wanted to respond to the comment she made on the post below.
Hi, Jack, it’s Kay, from the Chayyei Sarah thread. I don’t really want to get into an argument about which is better, NYC or LA or any other city since that really wasn’t my the intent of my original comment.
But I do want to touch on one point that you made regarding diversity. LA is definitely not more diverse than NY. I looked up the census numbers. LA is basically a white and Hispanic city with some blacks and Asians mixed in. NY, by contrast, is not heavily anything. The racial mix is split almost evenly between white, black, and Hispanic, plus a sizeable Asian contingent.
Thanks for coming over, I appreciate your taking the time to share that with us. I have a couple of comments. First, you didn’t provide a link to your source. Now I am not saying that you misrepesented anything, but if we are going to engage in a dialogue it makes it difficult to discuss when there is no substance to use.
I am rather short on time now, but had enough to do a very basic search. If you run it through the Wikis here is what you will find for Los Angeles and New York.
The people of Los Angeles are known as Angelenos
. L.A. can truly be described as a “world city” â€” that is, it has one of the largest and most diverse populations of any municipality anywhere. The Hispanic
and Asian American
populations are growing particularly quickly â€” the Asian American population is the largest of any city in the U.S. Los Angeles hosts the largest populations of Armenians
outside of their respective countries. Los Angeles is also home to the largest populations of Japanese
living in the U.S., and has one of the largest Native American
populations in the country.
L.A. is home to people from more than 140 countries, who speak at least 92 different languages. Ethnic enclaves like Chinatown, Koreatown, Little India (Artesia), Little Armenia, Thai Town, Historic Filipinotown and Little Ethiopia give testimony to the polyglot character of Los Angeles.
More on Los AngelesAs of the census2 of 2000, there are 3,694,820 people, 1,275,412 households, and 798,407 families residing in the city. The population density is 3,041.3/kmÂ² (7,876.8/miÂ²). There are 1,337,706 housing units at an average density of 1,101.1/kmÂ² (2,851.8/miÂ²). The racial makeup of the city is 46.93% White, 11.24% African American, 0.80% Native American, 9.99% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 25.70% from other races, and 5.18% from two or more races. 46.53% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race and 29.75% White, not of Latino/Hispanic origins.
And now let us look at New York.
New YorkAs of the census2 of 2000, there are 8,008,278 people, 3,021,588 households, and 1,852,233 families residing in the city. The population density is 10,194.2/kmÂ² (26,402.9/miÂ²). There are 3,200,912 housing units at an average density of 4,074.6/kmÂ² (10,553.2/miÂ²). The racial makeup of the city is 44.66% White, 26.59% Black or African American, 0.52% Native American, 9.83% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 13.42% from other races, and 4.92% from two or more races. 26.98% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. 35.9% of the population is foreign born (18.9% born in Latin America, 8.6% Asia, 7.0% Europe).
Based upon the numbers shown in these examples we can see that your argument that Los Angeles is White and Hispanic and New York is not anything is flawed and inaccurate. New York has a White population of almost 45% and LA is almost 47%, a minor distinction don’t you think.
Take a good look at the composition and growth and you’ll see that LA is exceptionally diverse. New York is too, but not in the same way and I suppose that one of the big distinction is the density. We are not forced to live on top of each other and spend our days fighting through gridlock so it probably appears to be a little different.
Time to get back to work.
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