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400 Years of Data on Where New York's Immigrants Come From

Known for mapping the most popular locations in New York City to film movies, Metrocosm's Max Galka is back at the data-visualization game with a new interactive graphic. It breaks down the home countries of New York City's foreign-born population from the early 1600s on, which leads to some pretty neat insights. Like how immigration from the Netherlands didn't really taper off until 1840, even though New Amsterdam was long gone. And, of course, the rise in New Yorkers hailing from China, India, and Mexico.

Hovering over a year, one of the blue bars at the bottom of the graphic, gives more information about the total number of foreign-born New Yorkers as compared with the total population. In 1626, for example, all 270 residents were born somewhere else. In 2013, out of a population of about 8.4 million, 3.2 million were immigrants.

Then, clicking on country, you find out what percentage of the foreign-born population hailed from that place, noting the ebbs and falls over time that are represented by the bigger and smaller circles can be quantified into percentages.

Demographics nerds, go forth!
· Where Do New Yorkers Come From? [Metrocosm via Animal]
· Mapping the Most Popular Movie Locations in New York City [Curbed]