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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    D+
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  12. Commute
    B+
Brooklyn is a city in New York with a population of 2,600,747. Brooklyn is in Kings County and is one of the best places to live in New York. Living in Brooklyn offers residents a dense urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Brooklyn there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Brooklyn and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Brooklyn are above average.
Population
2,600,747

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$665,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,374
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    70%
  • Own
    30%
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Brooklyn Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    378.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    4
    6.1
  • Rape
    13.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    228.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    197.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,404.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    88.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    18%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    20%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    18%
    13%

Working in Brooklyn

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$56,015
National
$55,322

Brooklyn Reviews

1,455 reviews
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I've always perceived Brooklyn to be the most underrated borough in NYC. What's most disappointing is its association with crime and safety concerns, but this is far from the reality of life in Brooklyn. Having grown up here, I continue to witness its transformation into a borough of even more increased diversity ranging from areas such as Brooklyn Heights with a more historic and secluded feel to the vibrant and hippyish vibes of Williamsburg. Yes, it's true that Brooklyn's cost of living has become incredibly expensive but feel that it is totally worth it, given everything that Brooklyn has to offer. This is the borough where all of the hidden gems are, and I feel like people are finally getting over its previous reputation as being an area to avoid. There's nothing that you can't do here and anybody that currently lives or is considering moving here will definitely never be bored!
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Life in Brooklyn isn’t like any other. You see something new each and every day. Living in Brooklyn wouldn’t be an ideal choice to make considering that the apartments and houses are VERY expensive which is outrageous considering they don’t offer very much. Transportation is absolutely HECTIC, especially during rush hour. Trains are constantly delayed while rats roam the train tracks, Bus drivers are RUDE, and there’s ALWAYS traffic in the city. Some of the people in Brooklyn are quite nice and welcoming while MOST ARE RUDE AND DISRESPECTFUL! It is dangerous to roam the streets at night considering that you would either run into a pervert at night or a crackhead. There is also a slight chance that you would hear gunshots in the middle of the night while you’re trying to sleep. So would I recommend anyone living in Brooklyn? Sure... Just know what you’re in for.
It is a pride to be from Brooklyn! The diversity is beautiful and you can find different cultures everywhere. Most of Brooklyn is easy to commute to except for south east Brooklyn, since theres no MTA transportation, but the neighborhoods there are beautiful as well. You wouldn't feel like you're in New York. There are many fun activities to do with family and friends all around from indoor to outdoor events. The best part is there is many historic places to site see. As for affordability to live here, y you need to know where to look because rent can be extremely expensive especially in the location, like North Brooklyn or better yeat downtown. The plus side, home owning is better compared to Queens. I'd recommend anyone to live here, or to spend the day and see how beautiful the people and place are.