Best Neighborhoods In New York City, 2019


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in New York.
Best Neighborhoods In New York

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 2019 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 fifth 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 pipin' 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 2019? 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

Carnegie Hill New York, NY

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 14,743
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $1,741,686 (First best)
Median Income: $171,603 (Second best)
More on Carnegie Hill: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 17,279
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $763,965 (18th best)
Median Income: $147,814 (Fifth best)
More on North Sutton Area: Homes For Sale | Data

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 2019, 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.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,570
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $754,550 (19th best)
Median Income: $169,476 (Third best)
More on Battery Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Battery Park, known as The Battery by locals, is New York City's third neighborhood for 2019.

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.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 194,024
Rank Last Year: 44 (Up 40)
Median Home Value: $916,352 (11th best)
Median Income: $131,996 (Sixth best)
More on Upper East Side: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 77,662
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 14)
Median Home Value: $951,201 (Ninth best)
Median Income: $115,042 (16th best)
More on Park Slope: Homes For Sale | Data

We think that one of the best features of New York City's fifth best neighborhood for 2019, 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 2019.

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.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 10,281
Rank Last Year: 41 (Up 35)
Median Home Value: $1,258,134 (Third best)
Median Income: $131,817 (Seventh best)
More on Cobble Hill: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 204,475
Rank Last Year: 56 (Up 49)
Median Home Value: $821,117 (16th best)
Median Income: $121,502 (Tenth best)
More on Upper West Side: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Greenwich Village New York, NY

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 47,962
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $951,089 (Tenth best)
Median Income: $121,594 (Ninth best)
More on Greenwich Village: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,608
Rank Last Year: 27 (Up 18)
Median Home Value: $632,833 (25th best)
Median Income: $100,754 (23rd best)
More on Huguenot: Homes For Sale | Data

New York City's ninth best neighborhood for 2019 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.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 9,310
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $538,175 (37th best)
Median Income: $104,778 (20th best)
More on Woodrow: Homes For Sale | Data

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 2019

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 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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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In New York For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Carnegie Hill 14,743 $1,741,686 $171,603
2 North Sutton Area 17,279 $763,965 $147,814
3 Battery Park 13,570 $754,550 $169,476
4 Upper East Side 194,024 $916,352 $131,996
5 Park Slope 77,662 $951,201 $115,042
6 Cobble Hill 10,281 $1,258,134 $131,817
7 Upper West Side 204,475 $821,117 $121,502
8 Greenwich Village 47,962 $951,089 $121,594
9 Huguenot 11,608 $632,833 $100,754
10 Woodrow 9,310 $538,175 $104,778
11 Financial District 31,087 $957,860 $158,605
12 Prince's Bay 8,501 $554,529 $95,068
13 Todt Hill 17,577 $617,667 $93,023
14 Whitestone 81 $858,000 $86,250
15 Murray Hill 25,332 $650,646 $117,763
16 Tribeca 16,173 $1,501,667 $186,416
17 Garment District 4,769 $485,571 $120,573
18 Gramercy 87,783 $505,980 $111,522
19 Rossville 10,650 $484,917 $86,343
20 Little Italy 9,408 $831,964 $91,061
21 Morningside Heights 39,804 $448,387 $77,589
22 Central Park 2,162 $1,015,795 $101,158
23 Soho 12,909 $1,084,884 $126,708
24 Chelsea 60,915 $858,245 $112,319
25 Borough Park 155,256 $707,817 $44,528
26 Midtown 62,515 $719,059 $116,728
27 Annandale 9,989 $523,892 $95,729
28 Clearview 28,704 $555,508 $81,878
29 Carroll Gardens 25,576 $1,045,698 $115,860
30 Queensboro Hill 75,376 $521,976 $57,190
31 Charlestown-Richmond Valley 1,829 $565,767 $82,504
32 West Village 22,307 $889,319 $117,237
33 Westerleigh-Castleton 29,688 $449,604 $85,305
34 Spuyten Duyvil 14,641 $346,294 $92,579
35 Forest Hills 110,212 $444,362 $73,556
36 Douglastown-Little Neck 82,321 $518,824 $83,053
37 Ardon Heights 23,582 $408,846 $87,757
38 Auburndale 38,856 $571,353 $73,129
39 Rosebank 404 $427,800 $82,109
40 Middle Village 37,029 $538,043 $76,088
41 Boerum Hill 22,666 $977,361 $104,198
42 Dyker Heights 41,520 $719,727 $64,341
43 Bensonhurst 115,043 $592,801 $53,204
44 Ettingville 34,729 $458,711 $87,429
45 Bay Ridge 77,029 $631,372 $64,284
46 Mapleton-Flatlands 206,460 $610,874 $56,352
47 South Beach 27,404 $420,253 $80,005
48 Great Kills 17,149 $404,414 $92,004
49 Midland Beach 21,674 $419,240 $82,585
50 Gravesend-Sheepshead Bay 255,533 $545,099 $58,223
51 Greenwood 17,838 $623,373 $76,603
52 Oakwood 26,947 $387,661 $83,626
53 Chinatown 10,742 $482,185 $69,168
54 Downtown 11,972 $765,956 $110,356
55 Richmondtown 38,728 $481,561 $79,373
56 Fort Green 120,941 $663,709 $71,767
57 Utopia 87,853 $507,017 $71,438
58 Clinton 33,065 $440,668 $90,686
59 Laurelton 45,771 $388,498 $85,256
60 Woodhaven-Richmond Hill 121,346 $461,136 $62,501
61 Ridgewood 78,633 $428,957 $58,599
62 Woodside 52,454 $415,645 $53,882
63 Sunset Park 106,699 $583,673 $43,202
64 Sunny Side 60,580 $410,644 $67,936
65 City Island 3,527 $478,025 $84,445
66 Maspeth 31,365 $529,295 $61,497
67 Riverdale 27,645 $358,962 $86,341
68 East Village 64,040 $316,136 $70,370
69 Baychester 24,338 $417,404 $69,222
70 Nkew Gardens 90,685 $376,981 $67,182
71 Glendale 34,313 $449,020 $69,037
72 Corona 368 $516,150 $49,118
73 Jackson Heights 130,565 $394,683 $52,815
74 Tottensville 15,609 $399,725 $78,173
75 Queens Village 58,979 $410,906 $73,128
76 Canarsie 147,157 $445,675 $69,844
77 Mariners Harbor 33,993 $316,042 $70,893
78 Bloomfield-Chelsea-Travis 10,884 $374,558 $75,810
79 College Point 216 $535,900 $57,743
80 Saintalbans 73,668 $395,594 $71,773
81 Astoria-Long Island City 126,283 $397,118 $57,906
82 Throggs Neck 40,546 $356,028 $73,315
83 Flushing 81,947 $423,546 $47,960
84 Springfield Gardens 40,129 $337,841 $68,252
85 Port Richmond 16,779 $319,659 $55,390
86 New Brighton 47,378 $328,144 $68,125
87 Bedford-Stuyvesant 234,457 $467,116 $44,779
88 Williamsburg 133,674 $357,174 $53,643
89 Lower East Side 84,794 $208,014 $49,246
90 Hamilton Heights 68,351 $125,019 $43,433
91 Yorkville 56,751 $330,640 $46,148
92 Washington Heights 174,779 $93,493 $46,288
93 Howland Hook 3,871 $157,420 $64,184
94 Clifton 23,109 $338,353 $60,148
95 Country Club 52,418 $244,659 $61,099
96 The Rockaways 119,512 $297,562 $63,514
97 Harlem 144,705 $321,025 $46,218
98 Steinway 55 $335,250 $62,031
99 Eastchester 19,282 $295,090 $69,654
100 Inwood 50,749 $187,272 $47,582
101 Jamaica 147,527 $364,635 $57,389
102 Bushwick 125,346 $340,935 $45,238
103 East Harlem 51,347 $204,443 $32,744
104 Kings Bridge 36,668 $127,395 $54,734
105 Morris Park 40,356 $334,795 $57,355
106 Wakefield-Williamsbridge 108,756 $330,776 $51,245
107 Morris Heights 60,047 $70,778 $26,278
108 Parkchester 78,551 $223,630 $48,567
109 Union Port 39,750 $285,142 $47,945
110 East Brooklyn 147,562 $354,964 $40,728
111 University Heights 51,091 $53,827 $32,542
112 Williams Bridge 56,005 $239,389 $43,368
113 South Bronx 212,530 $125,828 $28,038
114 Soundview 99,574 $198,512 $35,677
115 Brownsville 114,519 $276,505 $43,390
116 Bedford Park 91,627 $59,843 $38,675
117 High Bridge 77,016 $40,602 $28,626
118 Woodlawn-Nordwood 10,349 $230,318 $63,730
119 Fordham 64,594 $62,184 $29,604
120 Tremont 106,094 $91,264 $26,821
121 Mott Haven 70,301 $64,148 $24,839
122 Hunts Point 22,864 $73,592 $26,421

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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