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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
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
Washington Heights is a neighborhood in New York City, New York with a population of 162,979. Washington Heights is in New York County and is one of the best places to live in New York. Living in Washington Heights offers residents a dense urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Washington Heights there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Washington Heights and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Washington Heights are above average.
About Washington Heights...
Population
162,979

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$93,654
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,244
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    91%
  • Own
    9%
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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
    772.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    3.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    166.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    79.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,116.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    39.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$46,179
National
$55,322
Families with Children
21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    19%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    31%
    13%
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Washington Heights Reviews

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Located in northern Manhattan, I enjoy that Washington Heights is a safe are of New York City. It's close to good restaurants all along 181st St., close to parks (like Riverside Park), and near reliable transit. It's also a growing community given the amount of students that are coming up to this area to be closer to the CUMC campus. I feel happy to have found a neighborhood that I can thoroughly recommend to friends, and still be close to the family I have across the GWB!
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The Heights feel very familiar, being from Puerto Rico and having spent years living in a community with a large Dominican population, but it is so much more than that. There are many good restaurants to choose from, a beautiful theater, bustling city life, and the impressive sights surrounding the Washington Bridge. There are also many gorgeous churches, plenty of schools and community centers to choose from, and a lifestyle close enough to the rest of Manhattan to make contact with it easy, but considerably less expensive. And last but not least, the Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, and many doctors' offices that take all sorts of medical plans. It's a pretty good place to live or pass through.
Washington Heights is the Bronx with Manhattan prices - same discount stores, same population of Dominicans, same Spanish-speaking restaurants, etc., all in danger of gentrification because poor or cheapo white people (I know a debt ridden moocher who lives here) don't mind pricing out longtime residents just to boast they have a "Manhattan address" Please. Move to the Bronx instead and get over yourself.