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The Safest and Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in NYC

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Crime may not be New York's most pressing issue anymore—we've got mind-boggling rents to worry about, instead!—but everyone still wants to know if the neighborhood they're living in (or about to live in) is safe.

As such, and because we care, we worked with apartment data site AddressReport to pull numbers on the safest and most dangerous neighborhoods in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. We focused on non-violent crime—car theft, burglary and grand larceny—rather than violent crime (murder, rape, assault and robbery) because it's much more common, and therefore varies more widely between areas. The numbers are pulled from NYPD data from May 2013 to May 2014, as well as neighborhood population figures from the 2010 U.S. census. They are based on crimes per capita to account for differences in the populations of each area.

In Manhattan, neighborhoods like Roosevelt Island, Yorkville, and Washington Heights all fared well, while Times Square and the Meatpacking District—​i.e. neighborhoods with big daytime populations of tourists, drunk tourists, and criminals who prey on tourists—​landed at the bottom.

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We were surprised to see comparatively expensive areas like Fort Greene, Williamsburg, and Dumbo among Brooklyn's highest-crime areas, but less so to see family-oriented Borough Park and Windsor Terrace at the opposite end of the spectrum. 

Take a look at the full numbers below, and feel good about at least one thing: you never wanted to live in the Meatpacking District anyway, right?

MANHATTAN

Safest Neighborhoods        Non-violent crimes per 1,000 residents                       
Roosevelt Island 2.401
Beekman 3.99
Battery Park City 4.33
Civic Center 5.62
Hudson Heights 6.18
Tudor City 6.44
Yorkville 7
Washington Heights 7.41
Manhattan Valley 7.62
Carnegie Hill 8.11

 

Most Dangerous Neighborhoods        Non-violent crimes per 1,000 residents     
Meatpacking District 164
Times Square 144
Garment District 130.5
Koreatown 118.6
Union Square 73.2
NoHO 58
Hudson Square 55.7
SoHo 44.8
Flatiron District 42
Columbus Circle 31.7

 

BROOKLYN

Safest Neighborhoods         Non-violent crimes per 1,000 residents                        
Borough Park 4.87
Bergen Beach 4.88
Midwood Park 4.92
Bath Beach 4.99
South Williamsburg 5.17
Kensington 5.26
Mapleton 6.07
Bensonhurst 6.27
Sunset Park 6.35
Windsor Terrace 6.36

 

 

Most Dangerous Neighborhoods      Non-violent crimes per 1,000 residents       
Downtown Brooklyn 72.7
Navy Hill 40.3
Greenwood Heights 26.5
Vinegar Hill 25.2
Williamsburg 24.4
Fort Greene  20.3
DUMBO 16.5
Mill Island 16.2
Prospect Park South 16.1
East Williamsburg 15.7

 

QUEENS

Safest Neighborhoods            Non-violent crimes per 1,000 residents                    
Bellerose 2.48
Glen Oaks 3.96
Pomonok 3.98
Beechurst/Whitestone 4.83
Corona 5.13
Little Neck 5.52
Rego Park 5.75
Belle Harbor 5.87
East Flushing  5.91
Murray Hill 5.95

 

Most Dangerous Neighborhoods      Non-violent crimes per 1,000 residents      
Long Island City 19.2
Hunters Point 18.4
Howard Beach 15.7
Ozone Park 14.4
Jamaica 12.4
Flushing 11.8
Rochdale 11.6
Woodhaven 11.4
Kew Gardens 10.9
South Ozone Park 10.7

 

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