By Claire Walla
At a press conference in Washington D.C., Robert Groves, director of the U.S. Census Bureau, unveiled the first round of official U.S. population statistics. The results were unsurprising, revealing a U.S. population increase of about 9.7 percent—a relatively low incline, which was expected in the wake of this decade’s economic decline—and a decrease in population for the state of New York.
More specific numbers revealing the finer details of population trends concerning race, age and gender won’t be unveiled until February 2011. However, the bureau did release the results of its 2005 – 2009 American Community Survey, which uses a sample population to predict population trends on a local level.
According to the results, Sag Harbor Village trends mirror the state in that it has seen its population decrease since 2000. The total population of Sag Harbor Village in 2009 was predicted to be around 1,968, which is a 345-person decrease from the official 2000 Census results.
However—at 1,135—North Haven Village has seen a drastic population increase since the 2000 Census, when official estimates were 743. Noyac has also seen a spike in its population, increasing 568 over its 2000 estimates to a grand total of 3,264.
Based on the ACS, there are no “Black or African American” residents reportedly living in North Haven or Noyac, which, if accurate, marks a change from 2000 Census data which reported three “Black of African American” residents in North Haven and 26 in Noyac.
In a surprising estimate, the Hispanic and Latino population in Sag harbor is shown to have dropped from its official 2000 tally of 169 to a mere 65 in 2009, a total that represents Mexican, Puerto Rican and Ecuadorian populations. It’s important to note that this fact is presented with a margin of error plus or minus 75. But even taking that into consideration, if the estimated Latino population is increased by that 75-person margin, it would still remain 29 people short of the 2000 estimate.
Dan Hartnett, a Sag Harbor School Board member and a social worker at East Hampton High School, said he thinks the Hispanic and Latino population in East Hampton has risen over the past decade and there are “probably more” Latinos in Sag Harbor now than there were in 2000. Just this year, the Sag Harbor School District announced a 50-percent increase in English-as-a-Second-Language students, the vast majority of whom are Spanish-speaking.
Of the ACS results Hartnett agrees with, however, is the increase in Sag Harbor’s Ecuadorian population. In 2000, that number sat at nine people. Based on the 2009 results of the ACS, however, that population is up to 24.
“That is the population,” Hartnett said and adds that there are particularly a lot of people from a small city called Cuenca in Ecuador.
“That tells me that people from Cuenca have followed cousins [and other relatives] here to the East End,” he noted.
Other population shifts from 2000 to 2009 reveal that all race populations in Sag Harbor have decreased in the last 10 years. The “White” population dropped from 1,984 to 1,763; the “Black or African American” community decreased from 172 to 63; and the “Asian” community saw a big drop from 22 to five.
As for gender stats, women outnumber men in Sag Harbor Village 991 to 772 and the median age for women is 47.4, while for men it’s 49.8 (this marks a shift from 2009 when women were reportedly older than men, on average). Women also outnumber men in both North Haven and Noyac, with margins similar to what they were in 2000.
Of the reported 999 households in Sag Harbor Village, 289 of the 419 family-owned households are owned by men and 130 are owned by women. However, for the 580 non-family households, the dynamic shifts: 224 are owned by men, while the majority, 336, are owned by women.
In terms of ancestry, Germans dominate the statistics at 417 reportedly in Sag Harbor Village, which is 61 more than the number of people who reported English heritage. Irish and Italian roots are a close third and fourth at 246 and 317.
In an interesting estimate of Sag Harbor residents’ time spent commuting to and from work, the vast majority (240) of the 1,063 people who reported their travel times claimed to log brief five-to-nine minute commutes. The numbers are relatively high for those who clock between 10 and 60-minute routes, then dip down again before spiking to 197 for those who claim to travel more than 90 minutes to get to and from their place of work.
The Census Bureau cautions that the results of the American Community Survey aren’t completely accurate; but, as Groves pointed out, the ACS is “rich in data.”
“Using these results in combination [with the 2010 Census results] is a wonderful way to [examine] this data.”