Population: 147,527Median home value: $364,635 53 Ranks better than 3% of areas
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A+ Jamaica Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Jamaica Cost of Living Cost of living is 26% higher than New York
15050% more expensive than the US average
New York
16666% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Jamaica cost of living
F Jamaica Crime Total crime is 11% higher than New York
Total crime
2,07125% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 4925% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-6%Year over year crime is down
Jamaica crime
D- Jamaica Employment Household income is 6% lower than New York
Median household income
$57,3894% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$22,25225% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
8%67% higher than the US average
Jamaica employment
F Jamaica Housing Home value is 27% higher than New York
Median home value
$364,63597% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,26033% higher than the US average
Home ownership
43%32% lower than the US average
Jamaica real estate or Jamaica rentals
F Jamaica Schools HS graduation rate is 17% lower than New York
High school grad. rates
68%18% lower than the US average
School test scores
33%33% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
n/aequal to the US average
New York K-12 schools or New York colleges

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Jamaica New York: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

I have lived in Jamaica, New York most of my life. Jamaica is a neighborhood in New York City. It is found in the borough of Queens towards the southeastern edge. It is a large neighborhood, housing more than 200,000 people each year.

I love this area because of the extremely diverse population. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, Jamaica was populated by mainly Irish settlers. Today, however, it boasts a population that is predominantly black with sizable Asain, Hispanic and white populations as well.

Jamaica is also known for the many celebrities it has produced. Such well-known names as Rocco DeSpirto and Donald Trump lived in Jamaica. Metallica also breifly called Jamaica home before releasing their debut item.

Jamaica is also home to the best pizza in New York. Dani House Pizzareia is the pizza world's best kept secret. It isn't fancy but the pizza is amazing and walking in the door is like going home. Wolfgang Puck Express is also in the area. If you are in the mood for something different, Sagar Sweets and Restaurant carry a large variety of kababs and other Indian delicacies.

Jamaica is the home of the central library of the Queens Borough Public library. This is the most circulated library in the United States. Other things to see include seeing the Grace Episcopal Church complex.

Schools range from public to private and religious schools. Jamaica is in the New York City public school system. It is home to a Science and Technology based high school as well as several catholic schools and even an Islam-based school. The local schools strive to meet the needs of every child.

In the past, this area has been viewed by potential investors as a big risk due to the crime rates in previous years. Because of this, it was hard to attract quality businesses. Crime has since decreased and now, business is on the upswing.

The diverse people,places and food found in Jamaica is sure to please everyone. The charm of this amazing place is difficult to put into words. Hopefully, someday soo, you will see it for yourself.
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Source: The Jamaica, New York, NY data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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