7 best neighborhoods to live in Queens in 2020

You’re not alone if you’re wondering about the best neighborhoods to live in Queens, NY. 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 Queens, 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

Rego Park

This neighborhood is a good option if you need access to public transportation. It’s also safe and relatively close to shops and grocery stores.

Rego Park ny

Demographics

    • Residents: 28,260
    • Household income: $75,447
    • Race makeup: 46.2% White, 31.7% Asian, 16.6% Hispanic, and 2.5% Black.
    • Ages: 31% are between the ages of 25–44, 28% between 45–64, and 19% over 64.

Safety in the neighborhood

The area’s low crime rate is attributed to its seclusion and reputation as a “suburb within the city.” With a non-fatal assault rate of 14 per 100,000 people, Rego Park and Forest Hills’s rate of violent crimes per capita is less than that of the city as a whole.

Public transportation 5 star

Three subway lines run through this neighborhood: E, M, and R. The best stop for residents is 63 Drive – Rego Park Station.

Housing cost

Housing cost ranges from $1,900 to $2,500 a month.

Surrounding stores for food and shopping

A few grocery stores to note are Foodtown of Rego Park, Netcost Market, Fresh Value Marketplace, and R&M Supermarket.

There are not many shops in this neighborhood, but a few to mention are Rego Center, Mandee, century21, and Pier.


Woodhaven

This is a great neighborhood to live in for safety and transportation. Housing cost and shopping is a little harder to come by though.

Woodhaven ny

Demographics

    • Residents: 56,674
    • Household income: $51,596
    • Race makeup: 53.5% Hispanic, 17.4% Asian, 17.3% White, and 6.1% Black.
    • Ages: 22% are between the ages of between 0–17, 30% between 25–44, and 27% between 45–64.

Safety in the neighborhood 5 star

The chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in Woodhaven is 1 in 45. Based on FBI crime data, Woodhaven is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Michigan, Woodhaven has a crime rate that is higher than 77% of the state’s cities and towns of all sizes.

Public transportation

The J, Z subway goes right through the neighborhood with the best stop being Woodhaven Blvd.

Housing cost

Housing cost ranges between $1,600 and $1,800.

Surrounding stores for food and shopping

Many grocery stores are in this neighborhood. A few to note are Scaturro Super Market, Compare Food Market, S & D Deli and Grocery Corp, Fine Fare Supermarkets, and Superior 88 Deli & Grocery.

A few specialty shops are in this neighborhood. A few popular ones are Schmidt’s Candy, Planet Hobbywood, and New Cafe Sugar and Spice.


Ridgewood

This is a very safe neighborhood, but when it comes to shopping, it doesn’t have many options. Housing cost is a little high and public transportation is nearby.

Ridgewood ny

Demographics

    • Residents: 69,317
    • Household income:$71,234
    • Race makeup: 49.0% Hispanic, 39.8% White, 7.7% Asian, and 2.0% Black.
    • Ages: Most inhabitants are youth and middle-aged adults: 22% are between the ages of 0–17, 31% between 25–44, and 26% between 45–64.

Safety in the neighborhood 5 star

The overall crime rate in Ridgewood is 74% lower than the national average. For every 100,000 people, there are 1.93 daily crimes that occur in Ridgewood. Ridgewood is safer than 90% of the cities in the United States. In Ridgewood you have a 1 in 143 chance of becoming a victim of any crime.

Public transportation

The M subway line runs right through this neighborhood, and one can either stop at the Fresh Pond Road Station or Seneca Avenue Station to get where you are going.

Housing cost

Living here would cost you a little more than other places, between $1,600 and $2,500 a month.

Surrounding stores for food and shopping

The best grocery stores to go to in this neighborhood is Billy’s Marketplace, Food Universe marketplace, Shop Fair Supermarkets, Vitelio’s Marketplace, and Mount Everest Grocery & Deli.

Only a few shopping options are around: Deep Cuts Record Store, Gotham Thrift, Stay Forever, and Ridgewood Antiques.


Astoria

This is a great place to live. With great transportation and surrounding shops and grocery stores, you’ll always have options for food. The only thing holding this neighborhood back is the crime rates and apartment costs.

astoria queens ny

Demographics

    • Residents: 78,793
    • Household income: $66,382
    • Race makeup: 49.2% White, 26.5% Hispanic or Latino, 16.2% Asian, 4.5% African American, and 0.2% Native American.
    • Ages: 16% are between the ages of 0–17, 41% between 25–44, and 22% between 45–64. College-aged is 10% and elderly residents is 12%.

Safety in the neighborhood

With a crime rate of 50 per one thousand residents, Astoria has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes – from the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One’s chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 20.

Public transportation 5 star

Any stop along the N, W subway service will get you where you need to go. It runs right through the neighborhood. Stops Ditmars Blvd Station (north side) or 36th Avenue (south side) will take you on your journey.

Housing cost

For housing, you’ll range from $1,900 a month to upwards of $2,700, depending on how nice of a place you want.

Surrounding stores for food and shopping

There are a few specialty and clothing shops in this neighborhood. A few to note are Lavender Label-Little Soap Shop, The Brass Owl, and The Astoria Bookshop.

As far as supermarkets and grocery stores, there are plenty of options. A few to mention are Trade Fair, CTown Supermarkets (a few), and Titan Foods.


Long Island City

Long Island City is closest to Manhattan which makes for easy travel. Public transportation is very accessible and there are a few grocery stores and shops in the neighborhood.

Long Island City

Demographics

    • Residents: 20,030
    • Household income: $66,382
    • Race makeup: 40.5% Hispanic or Latino, 25.9% African American, 15.5% Pacific Islander, and 14.7% White.
    • Ages: NA

Safety in the neighborhood

For every 100,000 people, there are 5.4 daily crimes that occur in Astoria-Long Island City. Astoria-Long Island City is safer than 53% of the cities in New York. In Astoria-Long Island City you have a 1 in 51 chance of becoming a victim of any crime.

Public transportation 5 star

Many public transportation subways run in or near Long Island City. The closest one is in the heart of the neighborhood: G subway at 21 Street-Van Alst Station.

Housing cost

Housing ranges from $1,500 to $1,900 a month. It’s on the upper end compared to other places in New York City.

Surrounding stores for food and shopping

For grocery stores, there are Key Food Supermarkets, E & I Deli and Grocery, Natural Frontier Market, and Millie’s Deli & Grocery.

Shops named Just Things, Matted, and Long Island City Kleaners are a few shops in this area.


Briarwood

Overall, this is a safe and convenient neighborhood to live in. The only downside is the grocery stores and shops — there are not many nearby.

Briarwood queens ny

Demographics

    • Residents: 53,877
    • Household income: $50,157
    • Race makeup: 26.7% White, 33.3% Black, 29.3% Hispanic, and 14.4% Asian.
    • Ages: NA

Safety in the neighborhood

Queens has an overall crime rate of 13 per 1,000 residents, making the crime rate here near the average for all cities and towns of all sizes in America. According to our analysis of FBI crime data, your chance of becoming a victim of crime in Queens is 1 in 75.

Public transportation

The E, F subway runs around the perimeter of the neighborhood. The best stop is Sutphin Blvd.

Housing cost

Housing cost is between $1,600 and $2,000 a month — a little on the higher end.

Surrounding stores for food and shopping

A few ethnic grocery stores like Taj Mahal Supermarket and Kawran Bazar Inc are options.

There are not many shopping options other than R & P Smoke Shop and Moto Sports Tires and Wheels.


Richmond Hill

All aspects of living in Richmond Hill are good except stores and grocery shopping. There are stores nearby, just not in the neighborhood.

richmond hill queens ny

Demographics

    • Residents: 62,982
    • Household income: $69,916
    • Race makeup: 36.0% Hispanic or Latino, 27.4% Asian, 11.2% White, 11.1% African American, and 1.0% Native American.
    • Ages: 22% are between the ages of between 0–17, 30% between 25–44, and 27% between 45–64. College-aged is 17% and elderly residents is 7%.

Safety in the neighborhood

With a non-fatal assault rate of 43 per 100,000 people, Richmond Hill and Kew Gardens’s rate of violent crimes per capita is less than that of the city as a whole. The incarceration rate of 345 per 100,000 people is lower than that of the city as a whole.

Public transportation 5 star

The J, Z subway line goes right through the neighborhood making it easy to access the public transportation system. Stop 104 Street Station (west side) or Jamaica – Van Wyck Subway Station (east side) are good options.

Housing cost 5 star

Rens starts in the $1,500s and goes up to an average of $2,000. They’re good prices if you ask us!

Surrounding stores for food and shopping

There are not many options when it comes to grocery stores. Key Food Supermarkets has a location here.

There are a few shops in the neighborhood like “Pawn Shop, Buy- Sell- Trade” and “Rubie’s Costume Company – Richmond Hill Flagship Store.” Your best bet, however, is to go south a few blocks were there are more shops.


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