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St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, Russia.

St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, Russia.

Population 84,408 people living in New York City were born in Russia.
Source: 2000 United States Census
Neighborhoods Gravesend-Homecrest: 10,513
Sheepshead Bay-Brighton Beach: 9,266
Bay-Ridge-Bensonhurst: 8,163
Source: 2000 United States Census
Religion(s) Russian Orthodox, Bukharan Jewish, Russian Catholic
Language(s) Russian
History
Russian immigrants arrived in waves following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Population Facts:

  • Mean earnings generally higher than average (males, $45,090 – females, $36,209). Source: 2000 United States Census
  • Incredibly high percent High School graduates (85.4%). Source: 2000 United States Census

Fun Facts:

  • Do not give flowers in even numbers. It is bad luck to give someone an even number of flowers because even numbers are given for funerals/sympathy gifts.
  • Naming children follows strict convention. The first name is given, the last name is the family name, and middle name is patronymic – meaning: it is derived from the father’s first name. Ex. Ivanovich (for a son) or Ivanova (for a daughter). It is also custom for people to give pet-names to people they are close to, including friends, family, and partners.
  • Superstition and tradition play a large role in day to day life. Many current customs are based on folklore and fairy tales.