These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In New York


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:

  1. Carnegie Hill
  2. Battery Park
  3. Upper East Side
  4. Greenwich Village
  5. Upper West Side
  6. North Sutton Area
  7. Murray Hill
  8. Park Slope
  9. Financial District
  10. Midtown

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

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in New York?

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 place 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 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. Carnegie Hill

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,300
Median Home Price: $1,000,001
Crime Per 100K People: 879
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%

2. Battery Park

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,871
Median Home Price: $747,520
Crime Per 100K People: 879
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%

3. Upper East Side

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 188,965
Median Home Price: $842,514
Crime Per 100K People: 879
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%

4. Greenwich Village

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,761
Median Home Price: $842,103
Crime Per 100K People: 879
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%

5. Upper West Side

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 207,051
Median Home Price: $875,602
Crime Per 100K People: 879
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%

6. North Sutton Area

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,795
Median Home Price: $820,178
Crime Per 100K People: 879
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%

7. Murray Hill

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,114
Median Home Price: $679,929
Crime Per 100K People: 879
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%

8. Park Slope

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 76,539
Median Home Price: $844,683
Crime Per 100K People: 879
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%

9. Financial District

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,323
Median Home Price: $826,384
Crime Per 100K People: 879
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%

10. Midtown

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 61,853
Median Home Price: $764,066
Crime Per 100K People: 879
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%

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. Bedford Park
  3. Tremont

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In New York

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crime Unemployment Rate
Carnegie Hill 1 15,300 $1,000,001 879 3.3%
Battery Park 2 11,871 $747,520 879 2.6%
Upper East Side 3 188,965 $842,514 879 4.0%
Greenwich Village 4 47,761 $842,103 879 3.7%
Upper West Side 5 207,051 $875,602 879 4.5%
North Sutton Area 6 16,795 $820,178 879 5.1%
Murray Hill 7 25,114 $679,929 879 4.4%
Park Slope 8 76,539 $844,683 879 4.8%
Financial District 9 25,323 $826,384 879 4.5%
Midtown 10 61,853 $764,066 879 4.2%
Tribeca 11 14,430 $981,059 879 4.5%
Gramercy 12 88,579 $755,789 879 5.5%
Soho 13 12,902 $894,506 879 4.0%
West Village 14 22,423 $912,832 879 5.9%
Cobble Hill 15 8,604 $903,218 879 5.0%
East Village 16 65,816 $731,036 879 4.7%
Morningside Heights 17 40,192 $651,686 879 2.9%
Chelsea 18 56,677 $817,145 879 5.9%
Little Italy 19 8,798 $964,746 879 4.3%
Chinatown 20 11,027 $828,845 879 2.9%
Todt Hill 21 17,753 $667,477 879 2.0%
Boerum Hill 22 21,119 $849,840 879 6.2%
Carroll Gardens 23 24,841 $847,544 879 5.8%
Prince’S Bay 24 8,298 $641,800 879 3.6%
Huguenot 25 10,803 $641,556 879 2.9%
Central Park 26 2,102 $897,395 879 4.6%
Garment District 27 4,258 $775,641 879 7.2%
Downtown 28 10,143 $633,857 879 5.4%
Annandale 29 9,553 $592,009 928 3.4%
Fort Green 30 113,733 $679,300 879 7.3%
Clinton 31 28,496 $721,227 879 7.9%
Tottensville 32 14,658 $569,389 928 3.7%
Borough Park 33 154,210 $652,861 1,363 4.5%
Middle Village 34 37,829 $559,418 1,230 4.2%
Yorkville 35 56,113 $685,930 883 6.6%
Bay Ridge 36 80,271 $607,300 949 5.3%
Woodrow 37 8,213 $515,200 1,238 3.1%
Dyker Heights 38 41,880 $685,176 926 5.3%
Lower East Side 39 86,958 $673,269 897 5.8%
Bensonhurst 40 108,533 $650,664 1,190 5.5%
City Island 41 3,379 $503,225 1,128 3.5%
Charlestown-Richmond Valley 42 2,795 $577,967 1,370 3.4%
Spuyten Duyvil 43 14,237 $401,876 1,062 3.8%
Douglastown-Little Neck 44 80,467 $515,847 1,267 4.6%
Harlem 45 132,973 $671,952 936 7.7%
Auburndale 46 37,785 $598,178 1,149 5.2%
Westerleigh-Castleton 47 29,051 $456,860 1,414 3.4%
Riverdale 48 27,334 $440,897 1,331 3.7%
Williamsburg 49 124,146 $580,834 1,442 4.9%
Great Kills 50 16,625 $466,600 1,374 3.7%
Mapleton-Flatlands 51 197,613 $587,500 1,379 5.5%
Richmondtown 52 39,070 $481,796 1,424 3.6%
Ettingville 53 35,656 $476,585 1,300 4.7%
Rossville 54 9,890 $487,250 1,491 2.2%
Astoria-Long Island City 55 122,190 $608,964 1,125 7.1%
Gravesend-Sheepshead Bay 56 240,532 $568,495 1,380 5.3%
Clearview 57 29,723 $575,667 950 6.0%
Queensboro Hill 58 76,290 $550,955 1,410 5.8%
South Beach 59 25,850 $496,217 1,470 4.3%
Forest Hills 60 107,954 $430,953 1,393 5.2%
Ridgewood 61 75,319 $526,238 1,634 5.1%
Oakwood 62 28,367 $474,424 1,442 4.3%
Greenwood 63 18,285 $631,186 1,105 5.5%
Bloomfield-Chelsea-Travis 64 9,975 $462,210 1,423 4.8%
Sunny Side 65 55,071 $499,284 1,457 5.3%
Ardon Heights 66 22,329 $444,200 1,458 5.4%
Midland Beach 67 21,995 $491,535 1,358 5.4%
Utopia 68 82,047 $521,404 1,415 6.6%
Maspeth 69 28,459 $528,113 1,517 5.0%
Canarsie 70 143,642 $502,457 1,621 6.2%
Sunset Park 71 104,130 $605,827 1,569 7.0%
Woodside 72 51,392 $468,830 1,810 5.4%
Hamilton Heights 73 68,347 $481,042 1,851 6.7%
Jackson Heights 74 133,464 $453,154 1,924 6.3%
Glendale 75 32,750 $478,088 1,749 4.8%
Bedford-Stuyvesant 76 218,891 $556,233 1,600 8.1%
Laurelton 77 42,641 $418,946 1,827 5.7%
The Rockaways 78 113,244 $476,774 1,684 6.6%
East Harlem 79 52,191 $468,890 2,005 7.1%
Woodhaven-Richmond Hill 80 114,538 $465,765 1,951 7.5%
New Gardens 81 85,006 $424,437 1,741 6.6%
Throggs Neck 82 39,080 $441,357 1,751 6.7%
Flushing 83 80,840 $461,668 1,897 6.0%
Baychester 84 24,835 $445,400 1,846 10.0%
Washington Heights 85 168,739 $443,939 1,972 10.1%
Queens Village 86 61,600 $410,105 1,945 7.6%
Clifton 87 23,598 $402,800 1,952 4.5%
Bushwick 88 122,420 $456,689 2,118 7.2%
Mariners Harbor 89 33,626 $384,230 2,053 5.0%
Union Port 90 40,345 $403,844 2,196 5.2%
New Brighton 91 44,883 $407,438 1,880 6.0%
Inwood 92 48,441 $446,736 1,930 10.2%
Morris Park 93 40,151 $377,322 2,206 4.8%
Saintalbans 94 71,358 $406,396 1,997 8.6%
Woodlawn-Nordwood 95 10,354 $421,892 1,974 7.9%
Port Richmond 96 17,947 $373,431 2,277 4.9%
East Brooklyn 97 145,610 $434,880 2,230 6.5%
Soundview 98 93,153 $401,628 2,299 6.7%
Springfield Gardens 99 38,715 $389,839 2,078 7.9%
Brownsville 100 110,308 $434,602 2,140 8.3%

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