Harlem - New York City, NY - Niche

  • Population
    196,516
  • Population Density
    85,135 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    2 sq.mi.
  • Reviews
    209 3.2
Harlem is a neighborhood in New York City with 196,516 residents. It has very high home values and average rent costs. Its citizens generally have high education levels and low income levels.

Ratings and Reviews
3.2 from 209 reviews
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    • 2
    Overall Experience: I believe that by the years my neighborhood is getting worse. The people that grew up there either moved for have died and new people are moving in which has made things a little worse because the people that kept the neighborhood somewhat calm aren't there anymore. I see new people move in and more violence rise.
    • 4
    Crime & Safety: I never had an issue in regards to my safety.
    • 3
    Overall Experience: The gentrification of my neighborhood is at an all time high. Elders who have lived here for decades are being illegally pushed out so that their apartments can be renovated and the rent be increased to move in outsiders.
    • 3
    Housing: The housing isn't terrible, although the cleaning procedures should be more strict thoughout all of the buildings, and on weekends as well.
    • 2
    Community: This neighborhood is extremely family oriented most of us have known each other growing up, so through all negative circumstances we remain united. Most of the events in the community have come to an end years ago, due to the fact that our community center was shut down. Neighborhood trips and block parties were all established within the community center administration. I don't like the fact that we don't have a dog park because almost of us have pets. Some people are afraid of dogs so it would be useful to have an isolated area where pets can be walked and play. I also believe less loitering and trespassing would occur if NYCHA had security in building lobbies.

Demographics

Racial Diversity

Harlem United States New York New York City Metro Area
African American 48.86% 12.23% 14.42% 15.89%
Hispanic 32.33% 16.62% 18.17% 22.94%
White 12.70% 63.25% 57.26% 49.04%
Asian 3.03% 4.83% 7.71% 9.93%
Multiracial 2.46% 2.05% 1.68% 1.46%
Other 0.39% 0.19% 0.49% 0.57%
Native American 0.20% 0.66% 0.24% 0.14%
Pacific Islander 0.03% 0.16% 0.02% 0.03%

Age

Harlem United States New York New York City Metro Area
9 years and under 11% 13% 12% 12%
10 to 17 years 9% 11% 10% 10%
18 to 24 years 12% 10% 10% 9%
25 to 34 years 20% 13% 14% 14%
35 to 44 years 14% 13% 13% 14%
45 to 54 years 14% 14% 15% 15%
55 to 64 years 10% 12% 12% 12%
65 and over 10% 13% 14% 13%

Education Levels

Harlem United States New York New York City Metro Area
Less than a high school diploma 23% 14% 15% 15%
High school diploma or equivalent 23% 28% 27% 26%
Some college or associate degree 21% 29% 25% 22%
Bachelor's degree 19% 18% 19% 21%
Master's degree or higher 14% 11% 15% 15%

Gender

Harlem United States New York New York City Metro Area
Female 53.0% 50.8% 51.5% 51.7%
Male 47.0% 49.2% 48.5% 48.3%

Housing

Rent vs. Own

Harlem United States New York New York City Metro Area
Own 12.2% 64.9% 53.8% 52.5%
Rent 87.8% 35.1% 46.2% 47.5%

Crime Rates

Annual Violent Crimes (per 100,000)

Harlem United States New York New York City Metro Area
Assault 90.1 278.9 298.0 242.6
Murder 0.5 5.0 3.9 3.7
Robbery 64.6 159.8 161.4 171.3

Annual Property Crimes (per 100,000)

Harlem United States New York New York City Metro Area
Burglary 95.2 573.5 267.2 253.7
Larceny 1.5 2079.6 1486.5 1266.4
Motor vehicle theft 6.6 235.5 91.1 114.7

Resident Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still choose to live in this area?     Based on 29 responses

  • 48% Yes
  • 24% Not sure
  • 28% No

In which direction are these things in this area generally going?     Based on 48 responses

Getting worse
Getting better
  • Schools/education
  • Crime/safety
  • Employment/jobs
  • Home values
  • Local government
  • New residents moving in
  • New businesses/restaurants opening
  • Overall quality of life

Rate the public services in this area:     Based on 39 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Police protection
  • Fire protection
  • Emergency medical services
  • Animal control services
  • Street repair/maintenance
  • Trash/recycling collection
  • Snow removal
  • Public transportation
  • Public recreation facilities
  • Park maintenance
  • Public libraries
  • Community education

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements about houses in this area?     Based on 42 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Most properties are well-maintained (e.g. landscaping, painting, shoveling)
  • Most properties have large lawns and/or gardens.
  • Most properties have driveways.
  • Most properties have garages.
  • Most of the houses look the same and have a similar layout.
  • Most of the houses are built close together with little space between them.

How noisy is the area where you live?     Based on 41 responses

  • 0% It is very quiet and peaceful. There aren't many cars or trains to speak of.
  • 24% It is pretty quiet. Cars pass by regularly, but it isn't disruptive.
  • 39% There are moments of loud noise. Sometimes you hear traffic or emergency vehicles, but it is bearable.
  • 37% Loud noises are very common. Traffic, trains, pedestrians, and emergency vehicles are everywhere.

How accepting are others who live in this area toward minorities (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?     Based on 11 responses

  • 55% Very accepting.
  • 27% Most people are accepting, except for a few cases of intolerance.
  • 18% The area is split on its acceptance, quite a few minority groups are not well accepted.
  • 0% Not accepting. It's hard to be a minority in this area.

How safe do you feel in this area?     Based on 54 responses

  • 13% Very safe. There is really no crime to speak of.
  • 48% Pretty safe. There is some crime, but it doesn't impact me much.
  • 33% Somewhat safe. There is noticeable crime, and there are times I don't feel safe.
  • 6% Not safe. There is a lot of crime, and I regularly don't feel safe.

What is your overall opinion of this area?     Based on 17 responses

  • 0% I love everything about it.
  • 59% I like mostly everything about this area, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 41% This area is okay. There are a lot of things I wish were different.
  • 0% I hate this area.

Rate the quality and ease of access to the following attractions in this area:     Based on 14 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Museums
  • Art galleries
  • Performance venues
  • Professional sport venues
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos
  • Amusement parks
  • Parks and natural attractions
  • Historical landmarks/monuments