Many Dominican immigrants settle the same place most Puerto Ricans settle, in New York City.
Since the mid-1960s, nearly three-quarters of all Dominican immigrants to the United States have settled in the Big Apple. No community besides Santo Domingo has more Dominicans.
Between 1965 and 1980, Dominicans were the largest group of immigrants to New York City.
Over half of the city’s Dominicans live in a single area: Washington Heights and Inwood. Others live in Corona, Queens; Manhattan’s Upper West and Lower East Sides; Brooklyn’s Sunset Park; and several Bronx neighborhoods.
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, a much-acclaimed 1991 novel by Dominican American Julia Alvarez, tells the story of four daughters in a Dominican immigrant family adjusting to life in the United States.