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  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
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Upper West Side is a neighborhood in New York City, New York with a population of 212,019. Upper West Side is one of the best places to live in New York. Living in Upper West Side offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Upper West Side there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in Upper West Side and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Upper West Side are above average.
About Upper West Side...
Population
212,019

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$875,143
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,857
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    65%
  • Own
    35%
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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
    357
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    87
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    90
    500
  • Theft
    1,712
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    26
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$112,564
National
$55,322
Children
13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    43%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    31%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    11%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    8%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%
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Manhattan Valley - Morningside is a neighborhood on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City. According to the 2000 census 48,983 people live in the community. Of the population, 44% are of Hispanic origin, 32% are African Americans, and 24% are Asians, whites, and other races. Crime & Safety Report states the area as the second-safest place in Manhattan.

President Obama once lived two blocks away. Seinfeld fans may appreciate visiting Tom's 24 hour coffee shop (where the show was taped.) The 106th cross street was once home to the renowned jazz musician Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington. There are many restaurants named in his honor.
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Overall, during my time on the Upper West Side, I have never felt threatened or been hurt. There is a varied range of stores for shoppers, from candy to tech, and there is a diverse community. Museums, Central Park, Subway stations - you have access.
I love the Upper West Side. I love the community, I love the culture. I love the easy access to so many museum and the closeness to those in the Upper East Side. I multitude of parks is refreshing and I appreciate the amount of green space that there is in such a metropolitan area.