The map shows where residents in the New York metro area and surrounding areas believe are the best places to live. Areas such as Long Island City, NY and Guttenberg, NJ are also shown. Top areas are in purple and green, with less-desired areas in red.

New York, NY map of the best places to live by home value

Desireability Index

Top 1%
High Values
Average Values
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The most desired areas tend to be in the central parts of the city, while more affordable homes are in the northwest regions.

Median house prices in New York, NY are $721,913, meaning New York homes are much more expensive than the US median of $376,286. We analyzed a significant sample of cities with similar populations like Providence, RI and Philadelphia, PA, and found homes in New York cost much more.

Compared to New York, New York home prices are more expensive than the state's average of $603,991. These are the best neighborhoods as judged by the market: the places people most want to live. While these areas tend to have lower crime rates and higher quality of life, it is primarily a map of the best areas by median home value in New York, NY.

In regards to housing disparity, the quality of neighborhood within New York varies greatly.

Data Sources: U.S. Census, proprietary data mapping and analysis


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