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The New York City metropolitan area is also home to the largest Italian population in North America and the third largest Italian population outside of Italy.
This is mostly due to more and more immigrants choosing directly to locate to the city's suburbs and then commute to the city or work in many of its booming edge cities like Fort Lee, NJ, Hempstead, NY, Morristown, NJ, Stamford, CT, White Plains, NY and others.Newer immigrants are from Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa. In New York no single country or region of origin dominates.The eleven largest countries of origin are the Dominican Republic, China, Jamaica, Guyana, Mexico, Ecuador, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, Colombia, Russia and El Salvador.The New York region continues to be by far the leading metropolitan gateway for legal immigrants admitted into the United States.Throughout its history, New York City has been a major point of entry for immigrants; the term "melting pot" was coined to describe densely populated immigrant neighborhoods on the Lower East Side.In 2005 the median household income in the highest census tract was reported to be $188,697, while in the lowest it was $9,320.
The variance is driven by wage growth in high income brackets, while wages have stagnated for middle and lower income brackets.
Filipinos are the largest southeast Asian ethnic group at 0.8%, followed by Vietnamese who make up only 0.2% of New York City's population.
Indians are the largest South Asian group, comprising 2.4% of the city's population, and Bangladeshis and Pakistanis at 0.7% and 0.5%, respectively.
6.0% of New York City is of Chinese ethnicity, with about forty percent of them living in the borough of Queens alone.
Koreans make up 1.2% of the city's population, and Japanese at 0.3%.
New York's two key demographic features are its density and diversity.