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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C-
  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+
Harlem is a neighborhood in New York City, New York with a population of 181,379. Harlem is in New York County and is one of the best places to live in New York. Living in Harlem offers residents a dense urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Harlem there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Harlem and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Harlem are above average.
About Harlem...
Population
181,379

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$799,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,220
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    88%
  • Own
    12%
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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
    1,352.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    6
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    307.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    162.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,720.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    58.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$52,101
National
$55,322
Families with Children
22%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    16%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    20%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    21%
    13%
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Harlem was a place going back even five years ago that was unknown to many people. It was probably in fact seen as a "lower-income" place, or a place just for African Americans in a way (at least compared to other "top" neighborhoods). But now, it is far from that type of view. Harlem is literally on the map. We have subways within a walking distance, great parks everywhere (should I also mention that Central Park runs through Harlem on W 110th street), amazing food and restaurants all over the place. Our Times Square would be on W 125 street. They literally have so many similarities! The People, the big signs that you can't avoid, and more. A basement, townhouses, apartment, we have it all in all packages. There's also plenty of nearby schools to choose from (East or West), and when it comes to safety. I'd say where among the top safest neighborhoods out there! Don't shy away from visiting or living here. Because I promise you it's something you won't regret.
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Harlem (thanks to local government reps) has maintained most of its history, and African American roots despite the efforts by realtors to gentrify the area. However, in recent years it has gone through many changes bringing in new businesses which is great for the neighborhood, but has effected current residents negatively in drastic ways (like ever-increasing rent given its highly desirable proximity to NYCs main attractions and private colleges). I'm a Harlemite through and through and always visit the neighborhood that saw me born and raised. Keep Harlem Black!
Amazing experience, have always loved loving great neighborhood in New York! Not far from trains, good commute to downtown, lots of culture. Wonderful place to live