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The vibe, the food, the hustle, the diversity…what would NYC be without it? Unfortunately, those who live in or are familiar with the city also know another ugly truth about the city–crime is prevalent.
Safety is a major concern for most residents, and most people base their home selection around on the area’s crime statistics. But with so many neighborhoods in and around NYC, it can be difficult to know which are the safest. We’ve scoured crime states and we’ve compiled nine of the safest neighborhoods in and around NYC.
Roosevelt Island is one of the safest neighborhoods in Manhattan. It is a narrow island on NYC’s East River consisting of residential communities, landmarks, and parks. According to crime statistics, Roosevelt Island had fewer than ten crimes per 1,000 residents in 2020, which is a much lower crime rate than that of NYC proper.
The Bay Ridge neighborhood in Brooklyn has a crime rate that’s 70% less than the national average.
Fresh Meadows is located in the northeastern section of the New York City borough of Queens. In 2020, this neighborhood only had 8.79 crimes per 1,000 residents. In fact, Fresh Meadows has seen a 50% drop in crime over the last 20 years.
Contrary to its name, the neighborhood of Great Kills is one of the safer neighborhoods in NY. It is located on Staten Island, and it is a neighborhood that’s increasing in popularity not only because of its low crime rate but also because of the excellent schools and small-town feel.
Throgs Neck is a neighborhood located in the Bronx. The crime rate here is 30% lower than the national average and is one of the safest neighborhoods in New York.
The Upper East Side is also one of the safest neighborhoods in NYC. In addition to its low crime rate, the neighborhood offers beautiful parks and community centers.
Battery Park is a neighborhood on the southern tip of the island of Manhattan in New York City that also boasts a crime rate lower than NYC.
City Island is considered a great place to live for families because of its affordable housing and low crime rate. City Island’s crime rate has dropped by almost 38% in the last 20 years.
Murray Hill is located on the east side of Manhattan. From 2001 to 2019, the crime rate in Murray Hill dropped by 40%.
Some people believe that NYC is riddled with high-crime areas. But NYC has several neighborhoods that have crime rates that are not only low in comparison to the city itself but some are lower than the national average.