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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  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
    B+
Yonkers is a suburb of New York City with a population of 199,745. Yonkers is in Westchester County. Living in Yonkers offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Yonkers there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Yonkers and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Yonkers are above average.
About Yonkers...
Population
199,745

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$392,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,344
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    54%
  • Own
    46%
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Yonkers Rankings

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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
    227.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    0.5
    6.1
  • Rape
    15.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    105
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    133.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    662.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    77.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    25%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    18%
    13%

Working in Yonkers

Jobs
C-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$62,380
National
$55,322
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Yonkers is an amazing place but, there are some problems that are very concerning. For example, there are only two known public schools that provide the best education and the others are nowhere close to being above average. Another problem would be job opportunities. It is very difficult to find jobs in Yonkers, especially if you are a teacher or in any profession that includes school education. Most jobs are either taken or require a lot of experience. Other than that, Yonkers is very affordable and family-friendly. The crime rate in Yonkers is very low and I recommend it to anybody who is looking for a safe and comfy place to live.
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Personally, I like the memories that I have made in Yonkers. Yonkers may have its moments that you hear about car crashes and danger lingering around the city. However, I believe that this is a norm in most cities, if not all. I have lived in Yonkers my whole life. I used to always love the events that the City of Yonkers displays. There used to be carnivals and festivals. The carnivals were my favorite part of the Spring. Moreover, the many hangout locations like the shopping centers are perfect places to hangout with family. The City of Yonkers painted Black Live Matters and did a protest which I believe is important.
We have good parks for the kids (we have kids under 10) diversity is amazing, real estate taxes are still reasonable, public schools are thick with red tape & nepotism. And as far as a solid education, as a parent you need to be forceful and picky about WHICH YPS you are going to send your children to and you need to be extra vigilant about how you will get your child into the better public school.
If you reside in the downtown the area near the waterfront is being developed at an accelerating rate and what we call gentrification is in full swing.
Crime in the downtown area around the waterfront, specifically getty square is primarily a residence for low income minorities/recent immigrants.
Some of the neighborhoods in downtown Yonkers are considered “unsavory” because of the population/high precedence of inner city crime/drugs/gangs & assorted ills of inner city life.
The more suburban areas of Yonkers such as the Crestwood Section of Yonkers are almost like a separate enclave.