Neighbourhood choice St. Eustatius and Saba differs per origin
People born in the former Netherlands Antilles and Aruba and migrants partly choose other residential areas in St. Eustatius and Saba. Among migrants there is a difference in residential area preference between migrants from Europe and North America, and migrants from Central and South America. This is evidenced by the latest figures of Statistics Netherlands (CBS).
People born in the former Netherlands Antilles and Aruba relatively often live in Bay Brow, Princess Garden, Golden Rock and Chapel Piece. The smallest share of people born in the former Netherlands Antilles and Aruba live in Mountain District. Mountain District is, however, popular among immigrants from North America/the European Netherlands. The houses in this neighbourhood generally are slightly bigger and more expensive compared to most other neighbourhoods. Immigrants from Central and South America relatively often live in South Oranjestad. South Oranjestad is regarded as the centre of St. Eustatius.
The differences in Saba are not so large. Proportionally, people born in the former Netherlands Antilles and Aruba live most frequently in St John’s and least frequently in Windwardside. Windwardside is popular among immigrants from North America and the European Netherlands. Many people with an own home business reside in this neighbourhood; the houses here usually are slightly bigger. A relatively large number of immigrants from Central and South America live in St John’s.