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A+ West New York Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F West New York Cost of Living Cost of living is 16% higher than New Jersey
West New York
14545% more expensive than the US average
New Jersey
12525% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
West New York cost of living
A West New York Crime Total crime is 34% lower than New Jersey
Total crime
1,16958% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 8658% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-19%Year over year crime is down
West New York crime
D- West New York Employment Household income is 32% lower than New Jersey
Median household income
$50,3349% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$26,45011% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
7%52% higher than the US average
West New York employment
B- West New York Housing Home value is 2% higher than New Jersey
Median home value
$324,00075% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,20026% higher than the US average
Home ownership
20%68% lower than the US average
West New York real estate or West New York rentals
F West New York Schools HS graduation rate is 17% lower than New Jersey
High school grad. rates
71%14% lower than the US average
School test scores
33%32% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:114% lower than the US average
West New York K-12 schools or West New York colleges

Living in West New York, NJ

Located in the state of New Jersey, West New York is a moderately-sized city with a population of 52,407 people. West New York has a population density of 52,709 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. More than a quarter of the residents of West New York identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 75% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language.

If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very intimidating task. However, it could also be a great experience if you are willing to get to know the city before actually living in West New York, New Jersey. The best areas in West New York and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from crime, cost of living, weather, employment, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the New Jersey and national averages.

The livability score in West New York is 65 out of 100 and the city is ranked in the 40th percentile of all cities across America. For each of the livability categories, we know that West New York ranks very well for amenities (A+), crime (A-) and housing (B-). There are some categories that West New York does not rank well for, including: cost of living (F), education (F) and employment (D-). It might be worth taking a closer look to determine why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., West New York has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive.

Crime rates can be the deciding factor for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. West New York gets top scores for their low violent crime rates of 199 crimes per 100,000 residents, which are significantly lower than the national average.

Assuming that West New York meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in West New York. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in West New York are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in West New York come in at $324,000, which is 2.4% higher than the New Jersey average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In West New York, the home price to income ratio is 6.4, which is 48.8% higher than the New Jersey average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in West New York were 8.3%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 10.4%.

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Compare West New York, NJ Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around West New York, NJ

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Cobble Hill, New York806.810,281
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North Sutton Area, New York773.117,279
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Upper East Side, New York772.9194,024
Park Slope, New York768.477,662
Todt Hill, New York7613.917,577
Carnegie Hill, New York762.814,743

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Princeton, NJ8145.430,168
Pelham, NY8013.66,996
Plandome, NY8016.21,228
Jericho, NY8024.513,730

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Party time in West New York

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This town sucks. Every Sunday they close all streets and run a cacophonous parade down the main avenue, with insanely loud music interspersed with shouts of Colombia! Venezuela! Guatemala! Honduras! and on and on down the same list many times. The parades probably bring in revenue from advertisers, but they are an enormous nuisance to residents. If you like your Sundays loud, with walls shaking and car alarms going off, live in West New York.
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West New York close to Blvd east is an amazing place to live

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Community7/10
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Shopping4/10
I live a half a block from Blvd east and it's an amazing place to live. The views of Manhattan are panoramic and beautiful. It's quiet and urban at the same time. I have a beautiful 4 story home there and it takes me 5 min to get to midtown Manhattan . If you go further into west New York away from Blvd east it is not as nice but that is because it is filled with a lot of renters, not home owners, and many people living under the radar. West New York is a gem on the Blvd east side and a diamond in the rough on the bergelineline avenue side. The market is hot on the Blvd east side and as these homes are bought up by those out priced out manhattan and Brooklyn then over the next few years the bowels of west New York will be developed into gems and these homeowners will get rid of the current local administration that holds up the spread of progress in a town that is one of the closest pieces of Realestate to Manhattan.
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BAD CITY Stay Away

Attractions4/10
Community3/10
Nightlife4/10
Dining4/10
Shopping3/10
Moved to West NY 7 years back, had my car broken into 6 times, they issue parking tickets even when you have a parking pass on your car as it takes full day to fight and most people pay. Very little street parking available. Loud music every day & night, people yelling, drunks everywhere DO NOT MOVE HERE, cops seem to have deals with some businesses and harass others, DO NOT MOVE HERE! Unless you speak Spanish you are not welcome DO NOT MOVE HERE. DO NOT MOVE HERE. DO NOT MOVE HERE. DO NOT MOVE HERE. DO NOT MOVE HERE. DO NOT MOVE HERE.
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condensed city where drunks and cops rule the night.

Attractions10/10
Community3/10
Nightlife7/10
Dining7/10
Shopping7/10
Please, unless you are bilingual or spanish is your first language, DO NOT MOVE HERE! You NEED to be able to speak spanish to get a decent job around the area. You will most likely never get a good night's rest due to all of the parties, police sirens and impatient drivers honking their horns at all hours of the night. Don't be caught walking around at night, not only are all of the cops suspicious of everyone, but the perverted drunks will make passes at anything that moves. West New York is NJ's most overpopulated city. The only perk is the skyline, you can see all of NYC, worth the visit, please don't stay.
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West New York, NJ - We're Not in New York!

Attractions3/10
Community8/10
Nightlife3/10
Dining3/10
Shopping6/10
I moved to West New York, New Jersey from Flemington, NJ at age 18. While I recently moved, I remain in touch with family and friends who still live in West New York.

West New York is an extremely crowded city where unless you live on the Hudson River side of Boulevard East (JFK Blvd. East) you lived packed liked sardines in apartment buildings. We laughed at the Census Bureau's population estimates because we all knew of apartments which had two or three families living in them and only one family was legal and therefore counted in the Census estimates. If you lived in a riverfront apartment, West New York was an entirely different city, uncrowded and really nice. While it was more expensive to live in a riverfront apartment, all of West New York is a fairly expensive place to live.

Shopping in West New York is great if you go to the Miracle Mile where every chain store is represented because they can charge less sales tax there. You'll want to do all your shopping during the daytime though, the streets get very dark and lonely after the sun sets. Crime is not a major problem in West New York but, like all cities, there are places you should avoid after dark.

If you are a fan of Spanish food, you'll be in heaven in West New York; the food is fabulous. Being one of the very few non-Hispanic residents was never a problem for me, all you have to do is learn a few words of Spanish as almost everyone under 20 years old also spoke English. My recommendation is to learn to say hello, thank you, "Can I help you carry that?" and "This is delicious" and your neighbors will be your friends for life.

One frustrating think about living in West New York, NJ was that no one you talked to in other states seemed to understand that we were not a part of New York City. I ended up telling people I lived next to Weehawken; that they seemed to understand. Just remember, we're not in New York!
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Source: The West New York, NJ data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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