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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
Jamaica Estates is a neighborhood in New York City, New York with a population of 20,688. Jamaica Estates is in Queens County and is one of the best places to live in New York. Living in Jamaica Estates offers residents an urban feel and most residents own their homes. In Jamaica Estates there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Jamaica Estates and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Jamaica Estates are above average.
About Jamaica Estates...
Population
20,688

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$683,673
National
$217,500
Median Rent
$1,617
National
$1,062
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    44%
  • Own
    56%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    247
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    115.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    141.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    993.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    105.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$85,415
National
$62,843
Families with Children
25%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    21%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    20%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    19%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    27%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
    12%
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I love many things about Jamaica Estates. I love the diversity in my neighborhood. There are many different restaurants nearby as well as public transportation. There are many stores to buy from. We also have a patrol neighborhood security car that goes around the neighborhood.

Jamaica Estates has changed over the years and now I would say this isn't the same neighborhood it used to be. Crime is rising and I always get alerts on my Citizen app of crime that is happening nearby. Rent is very expensive and continues to rise, even for my studio apartment. There are many homeless people in the neighborhood. I am between the millionaire neighborhood and the lower-income neighborhood. It's not the cleanest and I feel sanitation needs to take the cleanness of the neighborhood more seriously.
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I was born in 1958 in Jamaica Estates and moved out of there in 1972. When I lived there the entire neighborhood was mostly Jewish and Italian. It is now from what I hear, mostly Asian. Back then it had a real community type feel to it and I remember all of the small stores that I used to go to, especially Joe's Candy Store on the corner of Union Turnpike and Kent St. I lived on Kent St and my grandfather owned a 4 bedroom house. I used to watch NY Mets baseball games and football games with Joe Namath and the NY Jets at Shea Stadium. I used to ride my mini bike through Cunningham Park while the cops would chase after me in their green and black squad cars. The buses were dark green and had the old "fishbowl" style front windows. Movies were at the Utopia Theater. I went to P.S. 178 Elementary School. I was Bar Mitzvah'd at the Hillcrest Jewish Center. There's an old saying that goes something like this..."you can't go back home anymore".
It is a quiet neighborhood with great walkability. It is close to schools, stores, and pharmacies. It is also quite safe, there are rarely any incidents.