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The 27th Annual Korean Harvest Festival in Flushing, Queens, September 26, 2009.

Population 86,473 people living in New York City were born in Korea.
Source: 2000 United States Census
Neighborhoods Flushing
Woodside
Elmhurst
Source: “The Newest New Yorkers Briefing Booklet” (2000), http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/pdf/census/nny_briefing_booklet.pdf
Religion(s) Christian, Buddhist
Language(s) Korean
History
An increased number of employment visas issued in the 1970’s and 1980’s were disproportionately used by Koreans to come to the United States. Source: “The Newest New Yorkers Briefing Booklet” (2000), http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/pdf/census/nny_briefing_booklet.pdf

Population Facts:

  • Only 9.2% of Korean immigrant households are headed by a female with no spouse, whereas 18.7% of total immigrant households are headed by a female with no spouse. Source: “The Newest New Yorkers Briefing Booklet” (2000), http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/pdf/census/nny_briefing_booklet.pdf

Fun Facts:

  • The vast majority of delis on New York’s streets are owned by Koreans.
  • With only one block, Manhattan’s Koreatown on West 32nd Street constitutes one of the smallest ethnic “neighborhoods” in the city.
  • Korean immigrants have been especially prized for their contributions to the personal service industries. Many salons and manicure centers are run and staffed by Koreans.