B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B+
  3. Housing
    C
  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
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$437,279
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,169
National
$928
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    91%
  • Own
    9%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    37
    273
  • Murder
    1
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    48
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1
    525
  • Theft
    78
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    15
    263

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$45,308
National
$53,889
Children
14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    20%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    19%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    31%
    13%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools

Washington Heights Reviews

193 reviews
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It's a safe neighborhood in most areas, though some streets are more precarious at night. Lots of young professional families are moving in. Public schools are still not good, and it can feel a bit far from the best manhattan nightlife downtown. Beautiful parks-- this neighborhood has the most park land out of any NYC neighborhood!
Review Washington Heights
I go to graduate school in Washington Heights. It's a good commute because the A/C and 1 all stop here express and local, however construction has been going on for years and you can't exit the 1 train without taking often-broken elevators. There are frequent delays. CUMC makes the area a little safer, however it isn't necessarily safe to wander east of Broadway alone after hours. There are many families here, but it isn't very clean and there isn't a great restaurant or activity scene. There are some pro bono clinics and resource centers for elderly people.
I enjoy being in an area that is predominately Dominican. It feels nice to be around individuals that have immigrated from my parents country of origin. It makes it feel more at home, and almost like as a home away from home. The unity of the individuals living in the neighbor is also a great feeling. What ultimately makes Washington Heights the neighborhood it is, is its diversity. Each block feels like a different enclave, with different dialects.