The Brooklyn Bridge, completed in 1883, connected Brooklyn with the island of Manhattan. Fifteen years later, in 1898, Brooklyn joined with Richmond, Queens, New York, and Bronx counties to form Greater New York City. With a current population of 2,465,326 (2000 census), Brooklyn is the most populous borough in New York City, and would be the fourth largest city in the USA all by itself.
Geography According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 251.0 km² (96.9 mi²). 182.9 km² (70.6 mi²) of it is land and 68.1 km² (26.3 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 27.13% water.
Demographics As of the census2 of 2000, there are 2,465,326 people, 880,727 households, and 583,922 families residing in the borough. The population density is 13,480.6/km² (34,916.6/mi²). There are 930,866 housing units at an average density of 5,090.1/km² (13,183.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the borough is 41.20% White, 36.44% African American, 0.41% Native American, 7.54% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 10.08% from other races, and 4.27% from two or more races. 19.79% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 880,727 households out of which 33.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.6% are married couples living together, 22.3% have a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% are non-families. 27.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.8% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.75 and the average family size is 3.41.
In the borough the population is spread out with 26.9% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.5% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 33 years. For every 100 females there are 88.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 83.1 males.
The median income for a household in the borough is $32,135, and the median income for a family is $36,188. Males have a median income of $34,317 versus $30,516 for females. The per capita income for the borough is $16,775. 25.1% of the population and 22.0% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 34.0% are under the age of 18 and 21.5% are 65 or older.
For various ships named "Brooklyn", see: USS Brooklyn