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 City for 2018:

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

Read on to see how we determined the places around New York that deserve a little bragging rights.

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in New York check out the best places in New York overall or the worst neighborhoods in New York.

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in New York City 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.

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1. Charlestown-Richmond Valley

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

2. Carnegie Hill

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

3. Westerleigh-Castleton

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

4. Battery Park

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

5. Greenwich Village

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

6. Tottensville

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

7. North Sutton Area

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

8. Richmondtown

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

9. Greenwood

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

10. Rossville

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

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 City

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

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