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:
- Charlestown-Richmond Valley (Homes)
- Carnegie Hill (Homes)
- Westerleigh-Castleton (Homes)
- Battery Park (Homes)
- Greenwich Village (Homes)
- Tottensville (Homes)
- North Sutton Area (Homes)
- Richmondtown (Homes)
- Greenwood (Homes)
- 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
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.
More on Charlestown-Richmond Valley: Real Estate | Data
2. Carnegie Hill
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.
More on Carnegie Hill: Real Estate | Data
Median Income: $86,389
Median Home Value: $445,040
4. Battery Park
Median Income: $173,103
Median Home Value: $653,067
5. Greenwich Village
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.
More on Greenwich Village: Real Estate | Data
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.
More on Tottensville: Real Estate | Data
7. North Sutton Area
Median Income: $134,122
Median Home Value: $724,030
Median Income: $80,041
Median Home Value: $463,571
Median Income: $66,196
Median Home Value: $567,546
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:
- Hunts Point
- Mott Haven
- Bedford Park
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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In New York
|7||North Sutton Area||16,945|
|42||Upper East Side||190,431|
|54||Upper West Side||208,032|
|80||Astoria-Long Island City||126,676|
|83||Lower East Side||85,991|