New York

Quality of life in New York

The New York metropolitan area is one of the most populated cities in the world. New York City itself is an international center for numerous industries including finance, theater, television, film, arts, and technology. It is also home to an astonishing 37% of foreign-born residents. Costs are high, but so are the energy levels and ambitious spirit. Whether you're visiting or planning to move, the "Big Apple" has something to offer for everyone.

New York is one of the top ten city matches for 13.9% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

1
261/265
Details
Large apartment$3900.00
Medium apartment$3100.00
Rent index [score]0.10
Small apartment$2400.00

Cost of Living

3
234/245
Details
5km taxi ride$8.30
A Cappuccino$4.30
A beer$3.00
A kilogram of Apples$4.10
Bread$1.40
Inflation [score]0.33
Lunch$18.00
Monthly fitness club membership$93.00
Monthly public transport$130.00
Movie ticket$14.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$100.00

Startups

10
1/264
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups240
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]1.00
Coworking spaces [score]1.00
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co283
Meetups [score]1.00
Meetups groups197
Meetups members457663
Number of investors11238
Number of startup events in the last 12 months9062
Number of upcoming meetup events196
Startup climate scene [score]0.96
Startup events843
Startup events [score]1.00
Startups [score]1.00
Total number of startups8141

Venture Capital

10
1/223
Details
Funding accelerator namesAngelPad, Techstars NYC, Blueprint Health
Number of funding accelerators15
Venture capital [score]1.00

Travel Connectivity

7
26/265
Details
Airport hub220
Airport hub [score]0.92
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.42

Commute

5
114/255
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/United_States/New_York_City
Traffic handling [score]0.46

Business Freedom

9
69/263
Details
Business freedom84.70
Business freedom [score]0.86
Freedom from corruption74.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.79
Lack of labor restrictions91.40
Lack of labor restrictions [score]1.00
Time to open a business5.60
Time to open a business [score]0.95

Safety

7
157/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.53
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year4
Guns per 100 residents29
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.88
Lack of guns [score]0.86
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.87

Healthcare

8
115/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.99
Healthcare quality [score]0.80
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

8
7/239
Details
Best university in rankingColumbia University
Best university ranking16
Country mean scores in PISA math test478.04
Country mean scores in PISA reading test497.58
Country mean scores in PISA science test497.41
PISA math ranking (high school)30
PISA ranking24
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.72
PISA reading (high school)16
PISA science (high school)19
Percent of happy students0.77
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.26
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.17
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.18
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.09
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.08
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.07
University quality [score]0.89

Environmental Quality

5
177/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.45
Cleanliness [score]0.30
Drinking water quality [score]0.58
Urban greenery [score]0.64

Economy

7
16/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area1.00
Currency for urban areaUSD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.43
GDP per capita$54596.65
GDP per capita [score]0.87

Taxation

4
195/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.54
Income tax level [score]0.22
Profit tax (% of profit)0.44
Time overhead to file company taxes175
VAT (Sales Tax)0.09

Internet Access

9
5/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)63.80
Internet access (download) [score]0.85
Internet access (upload) [score]0.99
Upload speed (Mbps)38.77

Leisure & Culture

10
1/264
Details
Art galleries360
Art galleries [score]1.00
Cinemas313
Cinemas [score]0.98
Comedy clubs271
Comedy clubs [score]1.00
Concert venues286
Concerts [score]1.00
Historical sites362
Historical sites [score]1.00
Museums216
Museums [score]1.00
Performing art venues343
Performing arts [score]1.00
Sport venues175
Sports [score]1.00
Zoos58
Zoos [score]1.00

Tolerance

7
167/265
Details
LGBT Equality Index86.72
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.89
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulationsAmbiguous
LGBT discrimination legalityIllegal in some contexts
LGBT employment discrimination legalitySexual orientation only
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, surgery not required
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legalitySexual orientation only
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.42

Outdoors

6
42/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.15
Median peak in meters217.50
Presence of hills in city1.00
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)21.00
Water access [score]1.00
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Costs of living

Costs of living in New York City are in the most expensive 10 percent of all 245 Teleport cities and the 9th most expensive in the United States. Average living expenses are significantly higher compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Moving to New York City will very likely increase your daily costs of living. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$2,500$3,800
$3100
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$93
Movie ticket$14
Broadband internet connection$53
Monthly public transport$130
Lunch$18
-3%
compared to
San Francisco
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Job salary calculator

Software Engineer salaries in New York are very high. For this job type, New York ranks 8th for salaries among 265 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in New York.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$93,139
Median salary
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Taxation

Personal taxation

Effective income tax rate

14%
For annual salary of $40000
20%
For annual salary of $80000

Value added tax (VAT)

9%
Standard tax rate. Different rates might apply for certain product categories.

Compared to other cities

234/265

Corporate taxation

Compared to other cities

113/262
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Safety

Overall crime rates

Assault
Very Low
23/51
Theft
Low
19/49
Robbery
Low
13/41
Motor vehicle theft
Very Low
1/24

Crime rate development in the last 7 months

Change in the last 7 months

  • Assault-27%
  • Robbery-26%
  • Theft-14%

Gun crimes & Ownership

29.25
Guns per 100 people
4.39
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts New York in position 165 of 265 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Embassies

Consulate General of Afghanistan in Los, Angeles, United States

120 South Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90211, United States

Phone: +1-310-288-8334,+1-310-288-8334

U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan

Great Massoud Road, Wazir Akbar Khan , Kabul, Afghanistan

Phone: (+93) 700-10-8001

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Explore New York’s neighborhoods

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Great for

  • Parks & Recreation
  • Schools
  • Clean & Green
  • Medical Facilities
  • Childcare

Not Great for

  • Cost of Living
  • Nightlife
  • Lack of Traffic

Who lives here

  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Singles
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People in New York

Population of New York

28,164,700
2,570 /km²
44/264
Density (people per unit of area)
-1%
Growth in 2015-2020
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