Washington Heights - New York City, NY - Niche

  • Population
    154,428
  • Population Density
    89,167 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    2 sq.mi.
  • Reviews
    155 3.0
Washington Heights is a neighborhood in New York City with 154,428 residents. It has low home values and high rent costs. Its citizens generally have high education levels and average income levels.

Ratings and Reviews
3.0 from 155 reviews
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    • 3
    Crime & Safety: I feel comfortable walking in this area because it is two blocks from a major hospital complex so there is security, lights and cameras all around. Also, there are a lot of families who have lived in this area for many years.
    • 3
    Overall Experience: The neighbors are friendly but many people have dogs and they do not curb their dogs so there is constantly a virtual landmine of excrement on the sidewalks.
    • 4
    Crime & Safety: Crime in my neighborhood is something that has declined greatly over the years. It is rare to hear about a serious crime here, unlike other parts of the city.
    • 4
    Overall Experience: The transition of Washington Heights, N.Y. from the 1990's up to now has been an extremely significant one. From my earliest memories, my neighborhood was a filled with drug and alcohol addicts. Since it is located right above Harlem, a lot of the issues that inflicted Harlem would overlap onto my neighborhood. Fast forward into the present, my neighborhood has gone through a series of metamorphoses and has become a beautiful part of Manhattan that many new yorker's appreciate.
    • 4
    Crime & Safety: I see some small crimes, grafitti etc., but once called the police and they responded adequately.

Demographics

Racial Diversity

Washington Heights United States New York New York City Metro Area
Hispanic 67.45% 16.62% 18.17% 22.94%
White 17.43% 63.25% 57.26% 49.04%
African American 10.32% 12.23% 14.42% 15.89%
Asian 2.88% 4.83% 7.71% 9.93%
Multiracial 1.38% 2.05% 1.68% 1.46%
Other 0.49% 0.19% 0.49% 0.57%
Native American 0.05% 0.66% 0.24% 0.14%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.16% 0.02% 0.03%

Age

Washington Heights United States New York New York City Metro Area
9 years and under 11% 13% 12% 12%
10 to 17 years 7% 11% 10% 10%
18 to 24 years 12% 10% 10% 9%
25 to 34 years 19% 13% 14% 14%
35 to 44 years 14% 13% 13% 14%
45 to 54 years 13% 14% 15% 15%
55 to 64 years 11% 12% 12% 12%
65 and over 13% 13% 14% 13%

Education Levels

Washington Heights United States New York New York City Metro Area
Less than a high school diploma 31% 14% 15% 15%
High school diploma or equivalent 19% 28% 27% 26%
Some college or associate degree 19% 29% 25% 22%
Bachelor's degree 18% 18% 19% 21%
Master's degree or higher 12% 11% 15% 15%

Gender

Washington Heights United States New York New York City Metro Area
Female 50.4% 50.8% 51.5% 51.7%
Male 49.6% 49.2% 48.5% 48.3%

Housing

Rent vs. Own

Washington Heights United States New York New York City Metro Area
Own 9.5% 64.9% 53.8% 52.5%
Rent 90.5% 35.1% 46.2% 47.5%

Crime Rates

Annual Violent Crimes (per 100,000)

Washington Heights United States New York New York City Metro Area
Assault 47.9 278.9 298.0 242.6
Murder 0.6 5.0 3.9 3.7
Robbery 36.9 159.8 161.4 171.3

Annual Property Crimes (per 100,000)

Washington Heights United States New York New York City Metro Area
Burglary 77.7 573.5 267.2 253.7
Larceny 1.3 2079.6 1486.5 1266.4
Motor vehicle theft 14.9 235.5 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 14 responses

  • 43% Yes
  • 36% Not sure
  • 21% No

In which direction are these things in this area generally going?     Based on 18 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 22 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 23 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 24 responses

  • 4% It is very quiet and peaceful. There aren't many cars or trains to speak of.
  • 17% It is pretty quiet. Cars pass by regularly, but it isn't disruptive.
  • 46% There are moments of loud noise. Sometimes you hear traffic or emergency vehicles, but it is bearable.
  • 33% 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 7 responses

  • 43% Very accepting.
  • 57% Most people are accepting, except for a few cases of intolerance.
  • 0% 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 31 responses

  • 13% Very safe. There is really no crime to speak of.
  • 42% Pretty safe. There is some crime, but it doesn't impact me much.
  • 35% Somewhat safe. There is noticeable crime, and there are times I don't feel safe.
  • 10% Not safe. There is a lot of crime, and I regularly don't feel safe.

Rate the quality and ease of access to the following attractions in this area:     Based on 12 responses

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