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New York City has the best pizza, the best shopping, the best people, and surprisingly, some of the best neighborhoods in America.
If you ask any New Yorker, the will have NO problem telling you that their little corner of the Big Apple is the best. Not to disappoint, but if your neighborhood is not on HomeSnacks' list of the top ten best neighborhoods in New York City for 2020 below, it's probably not the best of the best.
What does it take to be one of the best neighborhoods in New York City? We'll tell you. In order to determine the best, we had to give each neighborhood an actual concrete score: we call this a neighborhood's overall 'Snackability'. To get this score, we looked at the latest census data on income levels, unemployment rates, crime, and home prices for 122 New York City neighborhoods. Incidentally, this is our sixth time ranking New York City's best neighborhoods, so trust us when we say that these are the best of the best.
While New York City can be intimidating with all of its glitz and glamour, there really are places in NYC that can make one feel at home. Heck, if the city can make it's current population of 8.3 million people feel at home, there's a place for you. But, the trick is finding what neighborhood will best suit your lifestyle. So, if you're looking for a neighborhood with some room to move, we recommend Westerleigh-Castleton, if you're into that whole idyllic, Victorian vibe, we recommend Tottensville, and if you're looking for a quaint, family friendly village, you won't go wrong with Greenwich Village.
Want to know more? We recommend that you grab yourself a piping' hot slice of 'za, head to a shady park in Greenwood, and read on as we divulge New York City's best neighborhoods.
The biggest cities in most states do tend to have the most problems; and while New York City does have its fair share of problems and some pretty dangerous neighborhoods, it does have some of the best, most unique, neighborhoods to call home.
So, what's the best neighborhood in New York City for 2020? That would be Carnegie Hill.
To see how your favorite NYC neighborhoods compared, take a look at the list below; and if you don't see it there, head to the bottom.
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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In New York
If you guessed that New York City's first neighborhood, Carnegie Hill, was named after the famous entrepreneur, Andrew Carnegie, you guessed right.
This famous Upper East Side neighborhood is right in the heart of NYC on the East side of Central Park. And if living in a Carnegie Hill McMansion is your dream, be prepared to drop some cash on a home. Carnegie Hill ranks first for most expensive homes, so you're going to need to make close to $171,603 if you want to live like the locals.
If living close to the Queensboro Bridge and along the East River sounds like your ideal living situation, then you should definitely give NYC's second best neighborhood for 2020, Sutton Place a serious look.
Sutton Place recorded only 572 crimes this year, making it the 18th safest neighborhood on our list. So, folks, it's pretty safe. There are also a ton of great places to eat and/or mingle in this coveted NYC neighborhood; and if you don't believe us, take a look here.
Battery Park, known as The Battery by locals, is New York City's third neighborhood for 2020.
Surprisingly, it's cheaper to buy a home than rent in this neighborhood. Battery Park recorded the highest rent on list coming in at $2,903. We do recommend, however, that if you do want to live in this NYC neighborhood where the homes are the 19th most expensive, you buy one with a good view of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
Situated between Central Park and the East River, New York City's fourth best neighborhood, Upper East Side, is the second neighborhood to grace our list to come from this area.
And if you've watched Gossip Girl, you know that The Upper East Side is also one of the most affluent neighborhoods in NYC. You're going to have to make on average $131,996 to keep up with the locals in this neighborhood. But, this shouldn't be too difficult considering the unemployment rate in the Upper East Side is below the national average at 2.7 percent.
We think that one of the best features of New York City's fifth best neighborhood for 2020, Park Slope, is that you get to live right next to the Prospect Zoo.
But since statistics should play a major role in any living situation, then you should know that Park Slope recorded 209.0 violent crimes and 1175.0 making it NYC's 45th for 2020.
So, if you're looking for a piece of the Big Apple with tree lined streets and down-to-earth neighbors, look no further than Park Slope.
Cobble Hill is not only the first New York City neighborhood to hail from the Brooklyn area on our list, it's also one of the smallest with only 10,281 residents.
And if cobblestone streets and $1,258,134 rowhouses is your jam, then NYC's sixth best neighborhood, Cobble Hill, is for you.
Incidentally, this neighborhood comes with a bonus: we hear the Cobble Hill Park is a great place for play dates and picnics.
There are many advantages to living in New York City's seventh best neighborhood, the Upper West Side. For one, you have a better chance of having you bike stolen than getting robbed. This neighborhood only had 126 violent crimes recorded at the time of this report, making them the 77th safest on our list.
Secondly, the Upper West Side scored off the charts on our snackability scale with an emphasis on education and employment, too. So, if you're looking for a safe place to send your kids to school, walk your dog, have brunch, and/or go to work, the Upper West Side delivers.
Located on the East side of the mighty Hudson River and is the eighth best neighborhood in the Empire City, Greenwich Village.
This is one of the only neighborhoods on the list that has a university: New York University to be exact. And can we just say, if you like people watching, Greenwich Village's Washington Square Park has some of the best.
Keep in mind, the brownstones in Greenwich Village are going to run you around $951,089, but the neighborhood is super worth it.
New York City's ninth best neighborhood for 2020 is also one of the city's fastest growing neighborhoods to make our list. The Huguenot neighborhood currently has 11,608 residents and that number is expected to grow immensely over the next ten years.
They must know how to handle this growth, because they are the fourth best neighborhood in terms of crime. Huguenot only recorded 1,266 crimes and 3,273 at the time of this report.
We think crime is low because the locals are distracted with Huguenots great features like their famous Huguenot Park Library.
What happens when you mix people with great jobs, $104,778 as the average income, and $538,175 as the average home price? You get the tenth best neighborhood in New York City, Woodrow.
Woodrow has the smallest population on our list with only 9,310 residents, and this must be helping their cause because they are the second safest neighborhood on our list.
And word on the street, the Woodrow neighborhood is one of the best kept secrets in The City That Never Sleeps.
How We Determined The Best New York, NY Neighborhoods In 2020
In order to rank the best neighborhoods in New York, we had to determine what criteria defines a "best".
- High incomes
- Low unemployment rates
- Low crime
- High home prices
- High population densities (A proxy for things to do)
We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 122 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, Carnegie Hill.
Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best places New York, 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.
Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In 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.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in New York aren't all good. Hunts Point takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in New York.
We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.
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