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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  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-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$516,368
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,340
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    79%
  • Own
    21%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    589
    283
  • Murder
    2
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    165
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    222
    500
  • Theft
    1,003
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    71
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$56,643
National
$55,322
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    16%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    32%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    21%
    13%
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Ridgewood has probably been one of the most diverse neighborhoods I've lived in. Being on the borderline with Queens and Brooklyn is extremely cool. There are different kinds of foods everywhere from different cultural backgrounds. Ridgewood neighbors are extremely friendly and always there to help a hand. Although commuting is kind of tricky, where the L line is one of the only transport, the line is super fast to commute to Manhattan. Usually, the train takes 20 minutes max without delay. Supermarkets are also within walking distance. Usual areas are quiet, but if you want some fun and a little shopping stop by in Bushwick which is right next to Ridgewood.
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I grew up in Ridgewood, and I have always appreciated it's diversity and feeling of community. I consider it an excellent neighborhood in which to raise a family; there are multiple elementary and middle schools in the area, as well as the neighborhood's main zone high school. There are two main shopping centers, where most of the shopping options are affordable and a diverse array of food is available. It is accessible to Brooklyn and Manhattan via the M and L train lines, and to other neighborhoods in Queens via the many bus routes that pass through the area. Ridgewood certainly operates at a slower pace than most New York City neighborhoods. At this stage in my life, I couldn't imagine living elsewhere.
I have lived in Ridgewood for all of my life. I have seen it go from terrible to fairly well in the past few years. Gentrification has really had a way with the neighborhood. There are more adult-friendly places to eat, drink and hang out. Weekend nights are still on the border of unsafe because people now have more places to go in the late evening. It can be noisy on weekend nights especially if you live near the corner like I do. It is very diverse which I believe is very important. There are many public schools within walking distance in Ridgewood. The popular avenue, Myrtle Avenue, has much to offer the residents of Ridgewood. Rent and the cost of living as skyrocketed especially with gentrification seeping its way into the neighborhood. Some people think gentrification is beneficial, while others do not. No matter what happens, I do not plan to ever leave where I live now. I enjoy being so close to Manhattan, which is only a 30-minute commute by train. I love Ridgewood.