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  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    D+
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
Harrison is a suburb of New York City with a population of 16,180. Harrison is in Hudson County. Living in Harrison offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Harrison there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Harrison and residents tend to be liberal.
About Harrison...
Population
16,180

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$330,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,398
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    73%
  • Own
    27%
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Harrison Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    152.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    27.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    76.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    266.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,425.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    163.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    23%
  • 35-44 years
    16%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    9%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    19%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    17%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    17%
    13%

Working in Harrison

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$65,550
National
$55,322
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Harrison Reviews

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This could have been a nice place to live. The sad thing is they are turning this ultimately very industrial area to a residential area and buildings, instead of areas for recreation, are popping up at every corner, regardless of the fact that people are leaving! A sad example is how residents from surrounding buildings are using a garage to take walks because there are no easily accessible parks/trails and whatever they are doing near the waterfront is not easy to access you have to walk to cross 4 lanes with barely safe traffic measures. Last time i tried we had to cross a highway bridge to get over to a park that is minutes away. Potholes worst than anywhere else. Its disgusting all the building being done and the lack of accommodation for space. People are stuck working from home and allll you can hear and see is constction everywhere. If it were not for building amenities it would be unliveable. With COVID now, living in Harrison is no cup if tea.
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Harrison is boring. No nightlife at all and what is available to go to isn’t very nice. I have to say they have yummy Portuguese and Peruvian places to eat, but that’s the high point. Many longtime Caucasian residents are most definitely racist but try to play it off as if they aren’t. Many have the mentality and way of being that is very “Staten Island” if you catch my drift. Heroin and cocaine is a problem with many of its longtime residents. I had issues once trying to get a cab when I arrived from NYC on the Path train and had to visit family. My driver was ok although he looked disheveled but it was clear the dispatcher was in something as he kept nodding off when I was trying to get a cab.
For the most part, Harrison is very safe. The town highly respects and honors its police workforce and firefighters. Parts of Harrison are next to Newark but even Newark is beginning to gentrify. Although the town is slowly diversifying, it does have heavy Hispanic influence. The schooling is rather adequate compared to school systems in other towns. Out of all schools, most of the funding and effort is put into Harrison High School. The quality of students and teaching is rather debatable, as the school is ranked #7,456 nationally and #235 in NJ (by US News). Not to mention, the hiring process for public schools are quite influenced by nepotism and favors alumni of their schools. However, the upside is that the community and culture of the schools are very close and compact; it feels like a grand family. The night life of Harrison is quite dull. The town was a fine place to grow up in. However, there are surrounding towns with better qualities such as Secaucus or Montclair.