According to a new report, more baby boomers live in Brooklyn than in any other city in the United State. The borough houses half as many boomers as all of Florida, with the largest numbers residing in Southeast Brooklyn.
The study, conducted by RENTCafé, analyzed Census data from 250 of the country’s biggest cities to find the most popular zip codes among people born between 1948 and 1962. Of the study’s top 20 zip codes, Brooklyn claimed eight, Queens snagged four, and Manhattan took two.
First place went to the zip code 11234, which includes the Flatlands, Mill Basin, Marine Park, and Bergen Beach, and houses 19,450 boomers. Canarsie and East New York (11236) came in second with 18,672.
Brooklyn’s senior discounts and social programs could contribute to the borough’s large boomer population. But the high numbers may come down to the city’s size—after all, boomers don’t occupy a large share of Brooklyn’s overall population.
Areas with the largest share of boomers are located in more predicable retirement cities, like Scottsdale, Ariz., and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
But still, Brooklyn’s boomers are nothing to scoff at. From Bay Ridge/Fort Hamilton (11229) housing 17,238 to Brownsville (11207) with 14,366, the large group of golden-agers is a force to be reckoned with.