That’s not a controversial statement; it is simply a fact. Staten Island is greener than the rest of the city, has higher rates of homeownership, is less urban, is less dense and drives more out of necessity. Politically, we also have a healthy and vibrant two-party system, which does not exist anywhere else in the city.
And yet, while we are remarkably dissimilar to the rest of New York City, we are remarkably similar to America as a whole. Look no further than the numbers provided by the U.S. Census Bureau; the similarities between Staten Island and the rest of America are striking. For example, nationwide homeownership rates are 64.9 percent – in Staten Island, 68.6 percent. Across the country, 28.8 percent of Americans have bachelor’s degrees, on par with 29.7 percent in Staten Island. In almost all categories, Staten Island is in lockstep with the rest of America.