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Filipino Catholics celebrate the Feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz at St Patrick

Population 43,229 people living in New York City were born in the Philippines
Source: 2005 and 2006 American Community Survey
Neighborhoods Woodside
Jackson Heights
Source: 2000 United States Census
Religion(s) Catholicism
Language(s) Tagalog and English
Filipinos have had a long history of migration in the US. But the largest waves of migration occurred during the 1980s and 1990s, during the reign of dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

Population Facts:

  • Foreign-born Filipino immigrants have significantly higher levels of educational attainment than most foreign-born immigrant groups.Source: 2005 and 2006 American Community Survey
  • The median household income for foreign-born Filipinos is $32,082 above the average income for foreign-born immigrants.Source: 2005 and 2006 American Community Survey
  • Filipino women have the second-highest level of labor force participation to Jamaican women. Filipino women also earn slightly more than Filipino men. Source: 2005 and 2006 American Community Survey

Fun Facts:

  • The term pinoy (male) pinay (female) are used by Filipinos to refer to other Filipinos. The term was first coined by Filipino’s migrating to the US after World War II. Some consider the term to be pejorative, however, in recent years the term has become mainstream.
  • Philippine Independence Day is the biggest event on the calendar for New York’s Filipino community. It is usually held on the first weekend of June on Madison Avenue or Jamaica, Queens. Elections for the Philippines Independence Day Parade are held the year before the event.
  • Jolibees, touted as the McDonald’s of the Philippines opened its first store in Woodside, Queens earlier this year. The New York Times reported on the opening, which attracted large crowds who had been lined up as early as 7 am. Source: