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The 10 Safest Places to Live in NYC

Borough Park/Mapleton

New York City is a place that is alive with hustle and bustle, along with great venues for shopping, dining and entertainment. It’s a massive city that is filled with dangerous neighborhoods, but there are also communities that are known for their safety rating. If you're looking for a safe area to make your home, we've put together a listing of 10 safest places to live in NYC from a source we consider to be reliable. It's important to verify information collected about crime rates, so we compared two ratings sites to find the most accurate reporting information.

The safest neighborhoods according to this site.

  • Tribeca
  • Battery Park City
  • Nolita
  • Kips Bay
  • Financial District
  • Murray Hill
  • Gramercy
  • SoHo
  • NoHO

Before we went with these assumptions we did our research to discover that the overall crime rates in these cities are in fact not the lowest, and therefore do not meet our criteria. Gramercy for example, had a crime rate 1 in 31 chance of becoming the victim of a crime. The violent crime rates in this city when compared with the national average are 38% higher. We decided to go with the data supplied by the neighborhood precincts in NYC over those supplied by the data provided by other sources dealing with security systems for sale to the public.

This is the ranking in accordance with Forest Hills/Rego Park having the lowest number of crimes in a 12 month period with Morris Park/Pelham Gardens/Bronxwood neighborhoods also having comparably low crime rates with the rest of the state, but still the highest on our list of the safest places to live in New York City.

Morris Park/Pelham Gardens/Bronxwood

10. Morris Park/Pelham Gardens/Bronxwood

Rate of crimes committed: 11 per 1,000 residents. According to information supplied by the 49th NYPD precinct, The Morris Park neighborhood saw just 11 crimes committed per 1,000 residents living in the area for the 2019-20 reporting year. This is a low figure that tells us it's a relatively safe neighborhood to make your home. In Morris Park, the rent is a bit steep with a median figure of $1,837 per month.

Gravesend/Beshonhurst/Bath Beach

9. Gravesend/Beshonhurst/Bath Beach

Rate of crimes committed: 9 per 1,000 residents. This is an area that saw a total of 9 crimes committed for every 1,000 persons for the 2019-20 reporting year. The median rent is a little lower at $1,700 per month, making it more affordable for most people to live there. The information on specific crimes committed is available at the 62nd NYC precinct.

Bayside/Little Neck/Oakland Gardens

8. Bayside/Little Neck/Oakland Gardens

Rate of crimes committed: 9 per 1,000 residents. This area of New York City saw 9 crimes committed per 1,000 residents for the 2019-20 year. The 111th NYC precinct patrols and provides law enforcement for the area. The median cost of rent in this area is $2,100 per month, suggesting that it is a more affluent area.

Lincoln Square/Upper West Side

7. Lincoln Square/Upper West Side

Rate of crimes committed: 9-10 in 1,000 residents. This neighborhood fared a little better on the crime rate for the 2019-2020 year. The area is served by both the 20th and 24th NYPD precincts who reported between 9 to 10 crimes per 1,000 residents were committed. The cost of living is quite a bit higher in Lincoln Square at a median price of $2,900 per month, in a more affluent and desirable part of the city.

Bay Ridge

6. Bay Ridge

Rate of crimes committed: 7 per 1,000 residents. Bay ridge is listed as the 6th safest neighborhood with just 7 crimes committed per 1,000 persons living there for 2019-2020. The 68th NYPD precinct serves this area and supplied the data. The median rent is $1,850 per month, making it one of the more affordable areas in the city.

Throgs Neck/Pelham Bay

5. Throgs Neck/Pelham Bay

Rate of crimes committed: 5 per 1,000 residents. This neighborhood has a remarkably low crime rate of just 5 crimes committed per 1,000 residents for the 2019-20 reporting year. The 45th NYPD precinct serves the neighborhood. The median rent in Throgs Neck is $2,060 per month with Pelham Bay's median at $1,891 per month.

Woodhaven/Richmond Hill

4. Woodhaven/Richmond Hill

Rate of crimes committed: 5 per 1,000 residents. The 102nd NYPD precinct serves the Woodhaven/Richmond Hill neighborhoods. They reported that from 2019 to 2020, just 5 crimes per 1,000 residents were committed. The median rent in this area is $1,850 per month.


3. Riverdale/Spuyen/Duyvil/Kingsbridge

Rate of crimes committed: 3 per 1,000 residents. The Riverdale neighborhood and surrounding area saw a mere 3 crimes per 1,000 persons living in the area according to the 50th NYPD precinct. Other data collection sources confirm the median rent in Riverdale at $1,900 per month as of the 12 month period between 2019 and 2020. This is designated as one of the safest areas in The Bronx sector of New York City.

Borough Park/Mapleton

2. Borough Park/Mapleton

Rate of crimes committed: 2 per 1,000 residents. Borough Park and Mapleton are overseen by the 62nd NYC precinct. They reported that for the 2019-2020 year there were 2 crimes committed for every 1,000 persons living in the area. The median rent in Borough Park is $1,978 per year, making it one of the more affordable neighborhoods to live in.

Forest Hills/Rego Park

1. Forest Hills/Rego Park

Forest Hills and Rego Park are ranked as being the safest neighborhoods to live in the Queens area. The crime rate for 1,000 people living there was just 2 for 2019 through 2020. This was reported by the 112th NYPD precinct overseeing law enforcement services in these neighborhoods.

Dana Hanson

Written by Dana Hanson

Dana has extensive professional writing experience including technical and report writing, informational articles, persuasive articles, contrast and comparison, grant applications, and advertisement. She also enjoys creative writing, content writing on nearly any topic (particularly business and lifestyle), because as a lifelong learner, she loves to do research and possess a high skill level in this area. Her academic degrees include AA social Sci/BA English/MEd Adult Ed & Community & Human Resource Development and ABD in PhD studies in Indust & Org Psychology.

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