7 best neighborhoods to live in the Bronx in 2020

You’re not alone if you’re wondering about the best neighborhoods to live in the Bronx. We at Moishe’s Self Storage rated each of the top seven neighborhoods with a five-star scale so you can have peace of mind when considering your move to this area. As you plan your move to the Bronx, NYC, we broke down livability in four categories:

  • Safety in the neighborhood (crime rates)
  • Public transportation (how close stops are)
  • Housing cost (single bedroom or studio per month)
  • Surrounding stores for food and shopping

Riverdale 5 star

This neighborhood is the best option for you in the area of safety and cost. The only downside is how far it takes to walk to public transportation.

riverdale ny

Demographics

    • Residents: 27,960
    • Household income: $53,986
    • Race makeup: 67.5% White, 17.6% Hispanic or Latino, 5.3%Asian, 7.7% African American, and 0.1% Native American.
    • Ages: 20% are between the ages of between 0–17, 28% between 25–44, and 25% between 45–64

Safety in the neighborhood 5 star

Riverdale has is one of the lowest neighborhoods in NYC for crime. Overall, the crime rate is 56 percent. For every 100,000 people, there are 3.35 crimes. This neighborhood is safer than 85 percent of NYC. Residents have a 1 in 82 chance of becoming a victim of a crime.

Public transportation

The closest and only public transit stop is the Red 1 Subway at stop Van Cortland Par – 242 St. It’s not the closest, and not in Riverdale, but it’s the closest to you. It’s probably a 25-30 minute walk if you live near the Hudson River.

Housing cost

Like most places in NYC, housing cost is quite high. On average, you’ll pay around $1,900 to $2,300 a month for a studio or one-bedroom apartment.

Surrounding stores for food and shopping

On the south side there’s a supermarket called Foodtown of Riverdale and a shopping mall called Riverdale Crossing. There are a few options on the north side, but they’re not as good as the south side.


Country Club

This is a safe neighborhood with a decent option for public transportation. Shopping, however, is not good in this neighborhood. You’re better off going to Throgs Neck to get your shopping done.

Country Club, Bronx NYC

Demographics

  • Residents: 4,588
  • Household income: $89,826
  • Race makeup: Predominantly white — 89% being non-Hispanic white, 8% are Hispanic, and 3% are Black or Asian.
  • Ages: NA

Safety in the neighborhood

Overall Crime Rate is 17% lower than national average. The daily Crimes Per 100,000 People is 6.97. Rated safer than 53% of cities in New York State.

Public transportation

The closest stop is Buhre Av off the Green 6 Subway. Depending on where you are, it could be up to a 25-minute walk to this stop.

Housing cost

$2,000-$2,300 a month.

Surrounding stores for food and shopping

There are a few grocery spots including Lizzie’s Supermarket and Barino’s Market. There are not many shopping options in this neighborhood. Your best bet is to zip over to Throgs neck and pick up what you need there.


Throgs Neck

This is probably one of the top neighborhoods to live in. There are shops close by and the cost for an apartment isn’t too high compared to other neighborhoods in the Bronx. The only downside is how far away public transportation is.

Throgs Neck Bronx nyc

Demographics

  • Residents: 44,167
  • Household income: $59,522
  • Race makeup: 46.1% White, 41% Hispanics or Latinos, 7.9% African American, 3.2% Asian, and 0.2% (93) Native American.
  • Ages: 20% are between the ages of between 0–17, 26% between 25–44, and 27% between 45–64.

Safety in the neighborhood

In this neighborhood, crime rates are 37% lower than the national average. For every 100,000 people, there are 4.77 daily crimes that occur in Throggs Neck. Throggs Neck is safer than 68% of the cities in New York. In Throggs Neck you have a 1 in 58 chance of becoming a victim of any crime

Public transportation

Your closest stop is Zerega Av on the Green 6 Subway. If you are at the southernmost point in Throgs Neck, it could take up to 50 minutes to walk to this stop. You’re looking at about 2.5-mile walk at most.

Housing cost

Between $1,700-$2,300 a month.

Surrounding stores for food and shopping 5 star

There are plenty of shops and grocery stores, especially on the west and north side. Target, Home Depot, Walgreens, and other shops are strewn across this neighborhood.


Spuyten Duyvil

One of the smaller neighborhoods in terms of geography on our list, this area is a good spot to move to. Public transportation is good and there are places to shop. The price tag for housing is a little high and the crime rate is a little higher than in other areas.

Spuyten Duyvil bronx nyc

Demographics

  • Residents: 30,161
  • Household income: $83,381
  • Race makeup: 49.3% White, 33% Hispanic or Latino, 8.9% African American, 5.7% Asian, and 0.1% Native American.
  • Ages: NA

Safety in the neighborhood

The overall crime rate in Spuyten Duyvil is 48% lower than the national average. For every 100,000 people, there are 3.94 daily crimes that occur in Spuyten Duyvil. Spuyten Duyvil is safer than 88% of the cities in New York. In Spuyten Duyvil you have a 1 in 70 chance of becoming a victim of any crime.

Public transportation

There are two ways to travel from this neighborhood: The Hudson Line Train or the Red 1 Subway. The best stops are either Spuyten Duyvil off the train, or the Marble Hill – 225 St stop off the Subway.

Housing cost

$1,900- $3,000

Surrounding stores for food and shopping

There are not many shopping options because this is such a small area. There is, however, a Rite Aid and a shopping area called Ben’s Market.


Schuylerville

This isn’t a bad area to live, but without shopping or grocery stores, the rating goes down for this area. Being right next to Throgs Neck and Country Club, you get to benefit from the amenities of these other two neighborhoods. The crime rate, however, is a little higher than other areas in NYC, which may be why the housing cost is slightly lower than the other neighborhoods on this list.

Schuylerville bronx nyc

Demographics

  • Residents: 10,121
  • Household income: $68,943
  • Race makeup: 45% White, 45% Hispanic, with the rest being a mix of Blacks & Asians.
  • Ages: NA

Safety in the neighborhood

Overall Crime Rate is 40% lower than the national average. Rated safer than 70% of cities in New York State.

Public transportation

For public transportation, you’ll want to take the Green 6 Subway at the Middletown Rd Station stop. This is the only transportation that runs near the neighborhood, but with the area being so small, you may only have a one-mile max walk to get to this stop from the southern-most spot in Schuylerville.

Housing cost

$1,300-$2,000

Surrounding stores for food and shopping

There are a few small areas to stop at for groceries or shopping, but you’ll probably need to go to Throgs Neck for proper shopping.


Kingsbridge

If you’re needing to get to public transportation quickly, this is the neighborhood for you. There are surrounding grocery stores and shops as well. The only downside is the there’s a wide-range for housing costs in the area.

Kingsbridge bronx nyc

Demographics

  • Residents: 29,872
  • Household income: $53,986
  • Race makeup: 49.3% White, 33.8% Hispanic or Latino, 8.9% African American, and 5.7% Asian.
  • Ages: 0–17, 28% between 25–44, and 25% between 45–64

Safety in the neighborhood

With a non-fatal assault rate of 40 per 100,000 people, Kingsbridge and Riverdale’s rate of violent crimes per capita is less than that of the city as a whole. The incarceration rate of 225 per 100,000 people is lower than that of the city as a whole.

Public transportation 5 star

The Red 1 Subway runs right through the Kingsbridge. The best stop is 238 St. The neighborhood is small so you will not have a hard time getting to it.

Housing cost

A wider-range of pricing is between $1,700 to $2,400.

Surrounding stores for food and shopping

There are a few markets and delis, Staples, and a few shopping malls. This is a good place overall for shopping and food.


Morris Park

This neighborhood is great from the perspective of public transportation and grocery stores, but not from a safe neighborhood or housing standpoint. Although still a good neighborhood, this is the lowest on our list.

Morris Park bronx ny

Demographics

  • Residents: 29,250
  • Household income: $48,018
  • Race makeup: 48.3% Hispanic or Latino, 27.3% White, 11.1% (3,245) African American, 10.6% (3,100) Asian, and 0.3% (82) Native American.
  • Ages: 0–17, 30% between 25–44, and 24% between 45–64.

Safety in the neighborhood

With a non-fatal assault rate of 64 per 100,000 people, Morris Park’s rate of violent crimes per capita is slightly more than that of the city as a whole. The incarceration rate of 372 per 100,000 people is lower than that of the city as a whole.

Public transportation

The Green 5 Subway goes across the northside of the neighborhood. Your best stop option is the Morris Park Station. The stop isn’t much more than a mile from any point in the city, so your walking commute isn’t bad.

Housing cost

There are no too many places to rent in Morris Park, but the few that are available are between $1,500 and $2,500.

Surrounding stores for food and shopping

There are lots of grocery stores nearby, including Big Deal Foodtown, Pioneer Supermarket of Morris Park, and Stop & Shop. There are not many shopping areas, but there are places to eat.


Honorable mentions

A few other neighborhoods are worth mentioning. Here are three areas to mention with details about public transportation, housing cost, and safety in the neighborhoods.

Fieldston

Fieldston bronx nyc

The housing cost is a wide-range, but affordable. Public transportation isn’t the greatest and crime rates are lower than NYC as a whole.

Safety in the neighborhood

The serious crime rate was 8.8 serious crimes per 1,000 residents in 2018, compared to 11.3 serious crimes per 1,000 residents citywide.

Housing cost

Between $1,500 and $3,000. A wide-range, but that’s because there aren’t a lot of options to choose from in this small neighborhood.

Public transportation

The only option is the Red 1 Subway at the Van Cortlandt Park – 242 St. This line starts half-way up the neighborhood, so it’s not optimal for transportation, but it will work if you need to get somewhere.


Pelham Parkway

Pelham Parkway bronx nyc

Public transportation is great if you’re living in this area. Housing is pretty affordable even though it’s slightly on the high side.

Safety in the neighborhood

With a non-fatal assault rate of 64 per 100,000 people, Pelham Parkway and Morris Park’s rate of violent crimes per capita is slightly more than that of the city as a whole. The incarceration rate of 372 per 100,000 people is lower than that of the city as a whole.

Housing cost

Around $2,000-$2,300 a month.

Public transportation

There are two main lines of public transportation to take: The Green 5 Subway or the Red 2 Subway. Either the Pelham Pkwy stop or the Morris Park Station stop are good options.


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