N.Y.C.'s tech scene not as diverse as the city itself but better than Silicon Valley
There’s no debating the meteoric rise of the of the New York City tech scene. According to several NYC media reports released this week, three sectors of New York City’s tech industry — internet publishing and web search portals; electronic shopping; and software publishing — have grown by more than 90 percent over the past 10 years.
This is why New York City is considered the “next Silicon Valley.” However despite the miles separating each, NYC and Silicon Valley have the same problem: a lack of racial diversity in the tech scene.
According to the NYC Tech Profile Report, 62 percent of tech sector employees are white, 16 percent are Asian, 11 percent are Hispanic and 9 percent are African American. The most recent census shows that in 2010, 33 percent of the city was white, 12.6 percent was Asian or Pacific Islander, 28.8 percent was Hispanic, and 22.8 percent was African American.
The diversity statistics for New York City are much better than for Silicon Valley, however. At Google, for example, Latinos and African-Americans barely represented 5 percent of the payroll.