These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In New York City For 2018


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in New York are the best of the best.

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Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown New York, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all New York neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in New York are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in New York for 2018:

  1. Charlestown-Richmond Valley (Homes)
  2. Carnegie Hill (Homes)
  3. Westerleigh-Castleton (Homes)
  4. Battery Park (Homes)
  5. Greenwich Village (Homes)
  6. Tottensville (Homes)
  7. North Sutton Area (Homes)
  8. Richmondtown (Homes)
  9. Greenwood (Homes)
  10. Rossville (Homes)

Read on to see how we determined the places around New York that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in New York.

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How do you determine the top neighborhoods in New York for 2018?

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in New York, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 117 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In New York.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Charlestown-Richmond Valley.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places New York has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

1. Charlestown-Richmond Valley

Charlestown-Richmond Valley New York, NY

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,149
Median Income: $92,604
Median Home Value: $565,333

Richmond Valley is the name of a neighborhood located on the South Shore of Staten Island, one of the five boroughs of New York City, the largest city in the United States. Richmond Valley is bordered on the north by Pleasant Plains, to the south by Tottenville, to the west by the Arthur Kill, and to the east by the Lower New York Bay.
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2. Carnegie Hill

Carnegie Hill New York, NY

Population: 15,501
Median Income: $155,354
Median Home Value: $1,000,001

Carnegie Hill is a neighborhood within the Upper East Side, in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. Its boundaries extend from 86th Street on the south to 96th Street to the north, between Fifth Avenue on the west and Lexington Avenue on the east. The neighborhood is part of Manhattan Community Board 8. In the 2000s, the perceived northern boundary on Park Avenue has edged over East 96th street into what was traditionally Spanish Harlem, leading to that area sometimes being called Upper Carnegie Hill, especially by real-estate brokers. According to the official Carnegie Hill Neighbors website, the Carnegie Hill neighborhood extends from 86th to 98th Streets, from Fifth Avenue up to, but not including, Third Avenue.
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3. Westerleigh-Castleton

Westerleigh-Castleton New York, NY

Population: 29,137
Median Income: $86,389
Median Home Value: $445,040

Westerleigh is a neighborhood on Staten Island, New York in New York City.
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4. Battery Park

Population: 13,042
Median Income: $173,103
Median Home Value: $653,067

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5. Greenwich Village

Greenwich Village New York, NY

Population: 48,020
Median Income: $120,528
Median Home Value: $794,029

Greenwich Village often referred to by locals as simply ‘the Village’, is a neighborhood on the west side of Lower Manhattan, New York City. In the 20th century, Greenwich Village was known as an artists’ haven, the Bohemian capital, the cradle of the modern LGBT movement, and the East Coast birthplace of both the Beat and ’60s counterculture movements. Groenwijck, one of the Dutch names for the village, was Anglicized to Greenwich. Two of New York’s private colleges, New York University and the New School, are located in Greenwich Village.
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6. Tottensville

Tottensville New York, NY

Population: 15,152
Median Income: $90,404
Median Home Value: $461,455

Tottenville is the southernmost neighborhood of Staten Island, New York City and New York State, with an area of approximately 1.7 square miles. Originally named Bentley Manor by one of its first settlers, Captain Christopher Billop, after a small ship he owned named the Bentley, the district was renamed Tottenville in 1869, apparently in honor of the locally prominent Totten family, whose name can be seen on tombstones in one of the earliest churches, Bethel Methodist Church, on Amboy Road. The neighborhood is represented in the New York City Council by Joe Borelli and in the New York State Assembly by Ronald Castorina, Jr.
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7. North Sutton Area

Population: 16,945
Median Income: $134,122
Median Home Value: $724,030

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8. Richmondtown

Richmondtown New York, NY

Population: 38,574
Median Income: $80,041
Median Home Value: $463,571

Richmondtown is a neighborhood on Staten Island in New York City, New York, in the United States.
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9. Greenwood

Population: 18,282
Median Income: $66,196
Median Home Value: $567,546

Greenwood is a town in Steuben County, New York, United States. The population was 849 at the 2000 census.
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10. Rossville

Rossville New York, NY

Population: 10,660
Median Income: $77,953
Median Home Value: $487,233

Rossville is a neighborhood of Staten Island, New York, on the island’s South Shore. It is located to the north of Woodrow, to the west of Arden Heights, and to the south and east of the Arthur Kill.
More on Rossville: Real Estate | Data

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of New York

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in New York where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in New York:

  1. Hunts Point
  2. Mott Haven
  3. Bedford Park

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In New York

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
1 Charlestown-Richmond Valley 2,149 $565,333 1,125 3.4%
2 Carnegie Hill 15,501 $1,000,001 814 2.8%
3 Westerleigh-Castleton 29,137 $445,040 1,312 4.1%
4 Battery Park 13,042 $653,067 814 3.1%
5 Greenwich Village 48,020 $794,029 814 3.6%
6 Tottensville 15,152 $461,455 1,242 4.3%
7 North Sutton Area 16,945 $724,030 814 4.4%
8 Richmondtown 38,574 $463,571 1,316 3.8%
9 Greenwood 18,282 $567,546 1,068 5.1%
10 Rossville 10,660 $487,233 1,307 2%
11 Ettingville 36,095 $446,815 1,318 5.3%
12 Woodrow 9,006 $541,675 814 3.7%
13 Morningside Heights 41,154 $426,660 1,408 2.9%
14 Borough Park 157,419 $648,701 1,186 4.1%
15 Financial District 29,225 $678,557 814 3.7%
16 Midland Beach 21,484 $401,215 1,445 4.8%
17 Maspeth 28,609 $504,538 1,413 4.9%
18 Park Slope 77,556 $859,954 814 4.7%
19 Tribeca 15,908 $792,367 814 3.1%
20 Great Kills 16,556 $387,150 1,437 4.1%
21 Murray Hill 24,701 $600,121 814 4.4%
22 West Village 22,642 $681,158 814 4.7%
23 Soho 13,357 $857,674 814 3.4%
24 Gramercy 87,171 $479,929 814 4.3%
25 Huguenot 11,226 $643,956 814 3.2%
26 Oakwood 26,890 $358,046 1,659 4.2%
27 Annandale 9,600 $591,300 814 3.6%
28 Midtown 61,234 $582,432 814 3.5%
29 City Island 3,777 $488,200 980 3.5%
30 Todt Hill 17,533 $575,933 814 2.9%
31 Prince’S Bay 8,282 $653,543 814 2.5%
32 Little Italy 8,873 $655,900 814 4.2%
33 Chelsea 61,330 $666,560 814 5.1%
34 Riverdale 27,955 $348,106 1,599 4.6%
35 Glendale 33,501 $439,164 1,649 5.4%
36 Spuyten Duyvil 15,380 $358,171 1,099 4.2%
37 Mapleton-Flatlands 202,458 $566,798 1,256 5.4%
38 Bensonhurst 113,571 $587,960 1,217 5.8%
39 Cobble Hill 9,599 $830,650 814 4.8%
40 Douglastown-Little Neck 80,609 $492,847 1,204 4.5%
41 Middle Village 37,228 $506,453 1,202 4.8%
42 Upper East Side 190,431 $658,768 814 3.5%
43 Forest Hills 107,340 $422,214 1,322 4.6%
44 East Village 65,478 $459,548 814 4.4%
45 Auburndale 38,225 $567,049 1,093 5.1%
46 Queensboro Hill 75,380 $525,643 1,369 5%
47 Carroll Gardens 25,320 $848,869 814 5.4%
48 Ardon Heights 23,060 $439,900 1,352 5.2%
49 Boerum Hill 22,131 $763,575 814 6%
50 Chinatown 10,597 $583,350 814 3.7%
51 Gravesend-Sheepshead Bay 247,967 $529,436 1,315 5.7%
52 South Beach 26,543 $443,126 1,555 4.2%
53 Clifton 23,950 $346,153 1,930 5.6%
54 Upper West Side 208,032 $655,260 814 4.6%
55 Bloomfield-Chelsea-Travis 10,387 $360,433 1,641 4.7%
56 Sunny Side 58,137 $385,641 1,635 4.7%
57 Wakefield-Williamsbridge 105,259 $320,617 2,267 10.2%
58 Utopia 84,047 $504,053 1,347 7.1%
59 Sunset Park 106,695 $562,331 1,543 6.7%
60 Jackson Heights 132,708 $397,894 1,903 5.8%
61 Laurelton 45,002 $377,780 1,770 5%
62 Central Park 2,117 $683,780 814 5.5%
63 Bay Ridge 80,916 $609,861 814 5.4%
64 Ridgewood 75,159 $422,828 1,798 5.3%
65 Garment District 4,719 $442,514 814 4.9%
66 Inwood 49,502 $172,434 2,730 11.2%
67 Woodhaven-Richmond Hill 115,316 $440,896 1,824 7.3%
68 Downtown 11,445 $504,126 814 5.8%
69 Canarsie 144,774 $426,440 1,700 6.7%
70 Morris Heights 59,193 $56,010 3,257 11.9%
71 Harlem 138,535 $358,289 1,911 8.1%
72 Queens Village 60,487 $397,715 1,804 7.9%
73 University Heights 49,227 $40,354 3,257 11%
74 Clinton 30,901 $420,173 814 6.4%
75 Nkew Gardens 87,908 $369,930 1,780 5.7%
76 Yorkville 55,248 $293,845 2,093 7.1%
77 Fort Green 117,541 $562,591 855 7.3%
78 Woodside 51,928 $377,480 1,960 4.9%
79 Bedford-Stuyvesant 225,486 $426,807 1,848 8.9%
80 Astoria-Long Island City 126,676 $389,540 1,718 7.4%
81 Williamsburg 128,259 $360,901 1,991 5.7%
82 Mariners Harbor 33,686 $323,454 2,077 4.8%
83 Lower East Side 85,991 $245,207 2,190 5.9%
84 Baychester 24,854 $418,667 1,773 9.4%
85 Flushing 82,210 $393,958 1,997 5.1%
86 Port Richmond 18,146 $338,147 2,202 4.3%
87 Throggs Neck 41,608 $350,356 1,882 6.1%
88 Eastchester 19,357 $284,290 2,101 7.5%
89 Tremont 102,692 $94,699 3,257 10.6%
90 Dyker Heights 42,880 $657,812 866 6.3%
91 Clearview 29,365 $546,989 912 5.2%
92 Saintalbans 73,631 $381,570 1,910 9.4%
93 Hamilton Heights 67,404 $258,568 2,432 6.7%
94 Howland Hook 3,537 $173,280 2,712 4.2%
95 East Harlem 51,756 $176,460 2,827 5.8%
96 Jamaica 146,597 $381,990 2,032 8.9%
97 New Brighton 46,524 $319,545 2,036 6%
98 Springfield Gardens 39,817 $334,351 2,073 8.4%
99 Washington Heights 170,701 $119,168 2,930 9.3%
100 The Rockaways 115,628 $287,713 2,199 6.2%

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