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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  12. Commute
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Riverdale is a neighborhood in New York City, New York with a population of 17,432. Riverdale is in Bronx County and is one of the best places to live in New York. Living in Riverdale offers residents a dense urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Riverdale there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and retirees live in Riverdale and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Riverdale are above average.
About Riverdale...
Population
17,432

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$425,437
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,719
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    56%
  • Own
    44%
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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
    84.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    16.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    56.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    828.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    39.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$86,498
National
$55,322
Families with Children
23%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    37%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    26%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    18%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    14%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%
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Riverdale is a quiet, safe neighborhood close to the 1 train for easy access into Manhattan. As a teenager living in Riverdale, there aren't many kids my age living in the area. However, I have a few friends in the neighborhood and it is easy to ride my bike to and from their home. There are always some community events, like Barefoot Dancing and the Philharmonic at VanCortlandt Park. There always is WaveHill as well, which has family art days and free concerts. The local elementary school, PS81, is very good and inclusive. However, the zoned middle/high school RKA needs some work. Overall, I love Riverdale because I feel safe, I can ride my bike, it is close to the grocery store and has some food options, and I can easily head into Manhattan for school every day.
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Riverdale has a large community and various stores near it, there are multiple ways to go into public busy streets and find places to shop and eat at. There are also many school within the area. There are high schools and elementary schools grouped in a certain area and provided small business customers. The libraries and other schools within the area allow volunteer work for high school students who are looking to update their college resume. Riverdale is calm is specific areas but is close to many public streets people can enjoy and run errands. It has a good blend of quiet and busy with an active community.
Riverdale is a great place to raise a family. I grew up here and moved away in my 20s. Came back several years ago with family in tow when priced out of Manhattan for the type of life we wanted.

Upsides:

It's quiet, friendly, safe, filled with mom-and-pop stores for classic New York feel, and you can get a lot more space for a fraction of the price of Manhattan. Lots of parks and greenery; very walkable; need a car only if you're in a rush or plan to do lots of weekend trips.

Downsides:

Schools aren't terrible but not what they were; private schools might be a better option if you have the means. Commuting to and from lower Manhattan can be a drag (fine if you were in midtown, however). Not much to do unless you have an established social circle; it's basically a suburban town similar to most areas of NJ or Hudson river towns.