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    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
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
Washington Heights is a neighborhood in New York City, New York with a population of 158,857. Washington Heights is in New York County. Living in Washington Heights offers residents an 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
158,857

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$439,576
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,201
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    91%
  • Own
    9%
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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
    773
    283
  • Murder
    4
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    167
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    80
    500
  • Theft
    1,117
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    40
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$46,148
National
$55,322
Children
14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    20%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    30%
    13%
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My experience living in Washington Heights has been pretty good. I got settled here in the year 2000 with my Dad and sisters. My aunt and cousins' live only a block away from us which meant constant small gatherings during holidays and or outings together. It is a neighborhood that is referred to as "The mini Domincan Republic" because the majority of residents living here are of Dominican descent. I was blessed to meet my now best friend of 15 plus years here. Renting here is fairly cheap and the location is very convenient with your A, C and 1 trains being within walking distance. Every street is tree lined and because the neighborhood sits right above Harlem and just below the Bronx every resident is blessed to look out of their window to see the great views of either the Hudson River, Bronx and or New Jersey.
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The Heights is an extremely Hispanic neighborhood, with Dominicans making up the majority, so if you are Spanish it is a pretty friendly neighborhood. It’s definitely not the safest, but most of my friends and I haven’t had too much trouble in terms of the people. Transportation and food are both really good here; the MTA can have its delays, otherwise a pretty reliable source for transit. Overall there’s not too much to be said-- Washington Heights has a very unique vibe, you’ll either love it or you’ll hate it.
Washington Heights is a melting pot located in New York City. It is home to the renowned George Washishington Bridge, beautiful Fort Tryon Park, and scenic Hudson River views. Walk down the street and find numerous food vendors selling pinchos and empanadillas that seriously hit the spot. This three square mile neighborhood is home to many universities. People encountered on the street are friendly and humble; furthermore, intelligent and ambitious. Imperatively, Washington Heights is a stop that must be taken on a trip to New York City.