I have lived in Kiryas Joel, New York for 5 years now! While the population of this city has been increasing, it is also known for being one of the poorest cities of the nation. Unfortunately, that holds true for this city and it is easily seen while living here. Kiryas Joel is also mostly a Jewish village and the majority of us here are Yiddish-speaking. This might make it difficult for someone who isn't Yiddish-speaking to come in.
We are a great, close-knit community here. There are many kids running around playing together and the families are all pretty young. I have enjoyed living here with my family for the last few years! There is an outlet mall close by that is fun to go to with the family for something to do or if we ever need anything. There are also parks and state parks nearby to get out and get some exercise and to just get some fresh air! It hasn't been a bad experience overall, but it is definitely a more rundown place to live.