Washington Heights - New York City, NY - Niche

Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Population
    163,667
  • Population Density
    83,755 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    2 sq.mi.
  • Reviews
    119 3.0
Washington Heights is a neighborhood in New York City with 163,667 residents. It has very high home values and high rent costs. Its citizens generally have high education levels and low income levels.

Ratings and Reviews
3.0 from 119 reviews
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    • 4
    Overall Experience: I am leaving to Minnesota where people do not get cat-called.
    • 3
    Overall Experience: You definitely get the city-life experience. There is a lot of diversity and lots of places to shop and go out to eat!
    • 3
    Overall Experience: It's convenient but it's tiring when you've grown up there your whole life. Sometimes you just need a change of scenery.
    • 4
    Overall Experience: I loved living in Washington Heights growing up. The locals were all very friendly and people looked out for each other. I would like to live there again but rent is going up and the community I once knew is changing. It use to be a very Hispanic populated area which made me feel at home. Now different people are moving in which doesn't bother me the slightest, but it means that the residents who are living there are getting pushed out because they cannot afford the cost of living anymore. Although, with more people brings more attention to the area and this attention they could fix up the sketchy parts of the neighborhood. Change has its positives and its negatives.
    • 4
    Local Businesses: There are many small businesses around my are functional and decently priced.

Nearby Neighborhoods

Niche Grade Name Population
1.66 Inwood 38,396
2.00 Hamilton Heights 65,516
2.33 Harlem 139,001

Comparable Neighborhoods

Niche Grade Name Population
2.66 East Harlem (El Barrio/Spanish Harlem) 98,744
3.66 Upper Westside 130,731
4.00 Upper Eastside 111,985
3.00 Astoria Long Island City 123,602
2.66 Jackson Heights 110,548

Top School Districts

Niche Grade Name Total Schools
2.00 New York City Geographic District No. 5 31
1.66 New York City Geographic District No. 6 46

Top Public Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
4.33 Stuyvesant High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Technical School - Teterboro Public 9-12 High
4.33 High Tech High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 High School Math Science & Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY) Public 9-12 High
4.33 Townsend Harris High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Bronx High School of Science Public 9-12 High
4.33 Bard High School Early College Queens Public 9-12 High
4.33 High School of American Studies at Lehman College Public 9-12 High
4.33 Bard High School Early College Public 9-12 High
4.33 Icahn Charter School 2 Public, Charter K-7 Elementary
4.33 Eleanor Roosevelt High School Public 9-12 High
North Queens Community High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Brooklyn Technical High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Beacon High School Public 9-12 High
4.00 P.S. 41 - Crocheron Public K-5 Elementary
4.00 South Bronx Classical Charter School Public, Charter K-5 Elementary
4.00 P.S. 159 Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.00 P.S. 205 - Alexander Graham Bell Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.00 47 American Sign Language & English Lower School Public PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary
4.00 NYC Lab Middle School for Collaborative Studies Public 6-8 Middle
4.00 Icahn Charter School 4 Public, Charter K-5 Elementary
4.00 P.S. 126 - Jacob August Riis Public PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary
4.00 I.S. 289 - Hudson River Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
4.00 Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art & Performing Arts Public 9-12 High

Top Private Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
Hackensack Christian Schools Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, High
4.33 Horace Mann School Private K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 Trinity School Private, Religious K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 Dalton School Private K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
Lexington School for the Deaf Private, Special Education PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, High
Cooke Center for Learning & Development Private, Special Education 9-12 High
4.33 Collegiate School Private, All-Boys K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
Whitestone Academy Private 7-12 High
High Point School of Bergen County Private, Special Education 9-12 High
Palisades Regional Academy Private, Special Education 8-12 High
4.33 Friends Seminary Private, Religious K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
4.00 Collegiate School Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, High
4.00 ECF - Fieldston Middle/Upper School Private 6-8 Middle
4.00 Dwight-Englewood School Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, High
4.00 The Hudson School Private 5-12 High
4.00 Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, High
4.00 St. Ann's School Private, Alternative PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, High
4.00 Nightingale-Bamford School Private, All-Girls K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
The Biondi School Private, Special Education 7-12 High
4.00 Marymount School Private, Religious, All-Girls PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, High

Top Colleges

Niche Grade Name
4.33 The Juilliard School
4.33 Columbia University
4.33 Cooper Union
4.33 Jewish Theological Seminary of America
4.33 Barnard College
4.33 New York University
4.00 Manhattan School of Music
3.66 Yeshiva University
3.33 Stevens Institute of Technology
3.33 Rutgers University - Newark
3.33 CUNY Baruch College
3.33 University of Connecticut - Stamford
3.33 CUNY Brooklyn College
3.33 Polytechnic Institute of New York University
3.33 Fashion Institute of Technology
3.00 Hofstra University
3.00 Molloy College
3.00 St. John's University - New York
3.00 Fordham University
3.00 CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
3.00 Manhattan College
3.00 Yeshivath Viznitz
3.00 CUNY City College of New York
3.00 CUNY Lehman College
3.00 Sarah Lawrence College

Around Washington Heights

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Demographics

Racial Diversity

Washington Heights United States New York New York City Metro Area Astoria Long Island City East Harlem (El Barrio/Spanish Harlem) Jackson Heights Upper Eastside Upper Westside
Hispanic 69.90% 16.62% 17.90% 22.94% 29.85% 49.09% 56.59% 6.81% 10.68%
White 17.47% 63.25% 57.80% 49.04% 43.60% 15.26% 15.43% 80.07% 73.55%
African American 8.13% 12.23% 14.42% 15.89% 8.43% 25.56% 1.97% 2.34% 5.66%
Asian 2.70% 4.83% 7.54% 9.93% 15.68% 7.76% 23.06% 8.83% 7.54%
Multiracial 1.23% 2.05% 1.59% 1.46% 1.58% 1.27% 1.85% 1.54% 2.19%
Other 0.48% 0.19% 0.48% 0.57% 0.53% 0.90% 0.79% 0.29% 0.28%
Native American 0.08% 0.66% 0.24% 0.14% 0.30% 0.02% 0.32% 0.10% 0.10%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.16% 0.03% 0.03% 0.04% 0.14% 0% 0.02% 0%

Age

Washington Heights United States New York New York City Metro Area Astoria Long Island City East Harlem (El Barrio/Spanish Harlem) Jackson Heights Upper Eastside Upper Westside
9 years and under 10% 13% 12% 12% 9% 11% 11% 9% 9%
10 to 17 years 8% 11% 10% 10% 7% 11% 8% 4% 5%
18 to 24 years 12% 10% 10% 9% 11% 13% 10% 5% 5%
25 to 34 years 19% 13% 14% 14% 25% 19% 17% 23% 20%
35 to 44 years 14% 13% 13% 14% 15% 12% 15% 15% 16%
45 to 54 years 13% 14% 15% 15% 13% 13% 15% 12% 14%
55 to 64 years 11% 12% 12% 12% 9% 10% 11% 11% 13%
65 and over 13% 13% 14% 13% 12% 12% 12% 20% 18%

Education Levels

Washington Heights United States New York New York City Metro Area Astoria Long Island City East Harlem (El Barrio/Spanish Harlem) Jackson Heights Upper Eastside Upper Westside
Less than a high school diploma 32% 14% 15% 15% 20% 29% 24% 3% 4%
High school diploma or equivalent 19% 28% 27% 26% 22% 25% 29% 7% 7%
Some college or associate degree 19% 29% 25% 22% 20% 17% 21% 11% 11%
Bachelor's degree 19% 18% 19% 21% 25% 17% 17% 40% 34%
Master's degree or higher 12% 11% 14% 15% 13% 12% 9% 40% 44%

Gender

Washington Heights United States New York New York City Metro Area Astoria Long Island City East Harlem (El Barrio/Spanish Harlem) Jackson Heights Upper Eastside Upper Westside
Male 48.6% 49.2% 48.5% 48.3% 49.6% 47.0% 50.7% 43.7% 46.3%
Female 51.4% 50.8% 51.5% 51.7% 50.4% 53.0% 49.3% 56.3% 53.7%

Housing

Rent vs. Own

Washington Heights United States New York New York City Metro Area Astoria Long Island City East Harlem (El Barrio/Spanish Harlem) Jackson Heights Upper Eastside Upper Westside
Rent 90.5% 35.1% 45.8% 47.5% 84.3% 94.2% 64.3% 63.9% 67.9%
Own 9.5% 64.9% 54.2% 52.5% 15.7% 5.8% 35.7% 36.1% 32.1%

Resident Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still choose to live in this area?     Based on 8 responses

  • 50% Yes
  • 25% Not sure
  • 25% No

In which direction are these things in this area generally going?     Based on 8 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 11 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 14 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 14 responses

  • 0% It is very quiet and peaceful. There aren't many cars or trains to speak of.
  • 21% It is pretty quiet. Cars pass by regularly, but it isn't disruptive.
  • 50% There are moments of loud noise. Sometimes you hear traffic or emergency vehicles, but it is bearable.
  • 29% 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 6 responses

  • 50% Very accepting.
  • 50% 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 19 responses

  • 11% Very safe. There is really no crime to speak of.
  • 37% Pretty safe. There is some crime, but it doesn't impact me much.
  • 47% Somewhat safe. There is noticeable crime, and there are times I don't feel safe.
  • 5% 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 6 responses

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