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Cambria Heights
Neighborhood of Queens
Skyline of Cambria Heights
Country  United States
State  New York
County Queens
Named for Cambria Construction Company
Elevation 15 m (49 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 18,677
Ethnicity
 • White 1.4%
 • Black 90.3%
 • Hispanic 5.2%
 • Asian 0.8%
 • Other 2.3%
Economics
 • Median income $62,071
ZIP code 11411
Area code(s) 718, 347, 917
Local Street in Cambria Heights

Cambria Heights is a middle-class neighborhood in the southeastern portion of the New York City borough of Queens. It is bounded by Springfield Boulevard and Francis Lewis Boulevard to the west, the Elmont, Nassau County border on the east, Queens Village to the north, St. Albans to the west, and Montefiore Cemetery and Laurelton, Springfield Gardens and Rosedale to the south. As of 2010, Cambria Heights's population was 18,677. The neighborhood is part of Queens Community Board 13.

The neighborhood derived its name from the Cambrian era because it is known for its many fossils., it is one of the highest points in the borough, together with Jackson Heights and Richmond Hill.

The original population consisted primarily of Roman Catholics of Italian, German, and Irish descent, and Jewish families relocating from Brooklyn. The present neighborhood has a large middle class Caribbean and African American population. The median home cost is $450,600.

The public elementary schools in Cambria Heights are P.S. 176 and P.S. 147, renamed for astronaut Ronald McNair. There are four magnet high schools on the campus of Andrew Jackson High School, which are dedicated to: arts and humanities; business computer applications; mathematics, science and technology; and law, government and community service. There is only one Catholic Parish in Cambria Heights. The Parish's name is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Parish is also affiliated with the school Sacred Heart Catholic Academy.

Cambria Heights is also the location of the Ohel, the resting place of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson and his predecessor Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn. Tens of thousands of visitors from around the world flock to the site for prayer and blessing.

Demographics

Based on data from the 2010 United States Census, the population of Cambria Heights was 18,677, a decrease of 2,267 (10.8%) from the 20,944 counted in 2000. Covering an area of 772.01 acres (312.42 ha), the neighborhood had a population density of 24.2 inhabitants per acre (15,500/sq mi; 6,000/km2).

The racial makeup of the neighborhood was 1.4% (259) White, 90.3% (16,862) African American, 0.2% (42) Native American, 0.8% (157) Asian, 0.0% (6) Pacific Islander, 0.3% (62) from other races, and 1.7% (325) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.2% (964) of the population.


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