OK, now that I’ve got your attention, I’ll point out the obvious and confirm that the above picture is not from Trinidad. It is, however, one zip code over from the old stomping grounds of Vincent Chase and the boys. More relevantly, it’s in the middle of one of the largest Trinidadian communities in North America.
So, yeah, this post is about emigration. The World Bank estimates that 361,596 Trinidadians live outside the two islands. That number is so precise as to be obviously false, but it’s what we got. Anyway, of that number, 55 percent live in the U.S. of A. (another 14 percent live in Canada), and of those who live in the United States, 13 percent live in Queens. (Another 26 percent, of course, live in Brooklyn. Yeah, Brooklyn!)
What can I say about the Trinidadian-born population of the United States? 68 percent of them are Afro-Trinidadian, 9 percent Indo-Trinidadian, and 4 percent Euro-Trinidadian, with the rest “mixed.” The median household income is $40,168, or 90.4% of the median for the white native-born population. Median full-time male wages are $33,000, or 90.0% of the U.S. median, while the same number for Trini females is $28,933 . . . or 108.3 percent of their native-born sistern. Only 18 percent of Trini-Americans over age 25 have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Man, that bored even myself. A (slightly) more interesting discussion below the fold.