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.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

1
260/265
Details
Large apartment$3800.00
Medium apartment$3100.00
Rent index [score]0.10
Small apartment$2400.00

Cost of Living

2
241/248
Details
5km taxi ride$9.20
A Cappuccino$4.30
A beer$2.90
A kilogram of Apples$4.50
Bread$1.30
Inflation [score]0.23
Lunch$18.00
Monthly fitness club membership$83.00
Monthly public transport$120.00
Movie ticket$15.00
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.co559
Meetups [score]1.00
Meetups groups198
Meetups members503654
Number of investors11238
Number of startup events in the last 12 months9062
Number of upcoming meetup events192
Startup climate scene [score]0.96
Startup events1583
Startup events [score]1.00
Startups [score]1.00
Total number of startups8007

Venture Capital

10
1/188
Details
Funding accelerator namesAngelPad, Techstars NYC, Blueprint Health
Number of funding accelerators15
Venture capital [score]1.00

Travel Connectivity

7
23/266
Details
Airport hub220
Airport hub [score]0.92
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.41

Commute

6
78/255
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/United_States/New_York_City
Traffic handling [score]0.61

Business Freedom

9
69/264
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
145/266
Details
Crime rate [score]0.55
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year4
Guns per 100 residents26
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

9
120/265
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.99
Healthcare quality [score]0.80
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

8
7/240
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
174/266
Details
Air quality [score]0.45
Cleanliness [score]0.30
Drinking water quality [score]0.63
Urban greenery [score]0.71

Economy

7
16/263
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
196/266
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.54
Income tax level [score]0.24
Profit tax (% of profit)0.44
Time overhead to file company taxes175
VAT (Sales Tax)0.09

Internet Access

7
39/266
Details
Download speed (Mbps)71.02
Internet access (download) [score]0.74
Internet access (upload) [score]0.68
Upload speed (Mbps)19.72

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
164/266
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]0.46

Outdoors

6
47/266
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.15
Median peak in meters212.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)21.00
Water access [score]1.00
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Cost of living

Costs of living in New York City are in the most expensive 10 percent of all 248 Teleport cities and the 7th 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)

$2,000$2,900
$2400
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$83
Movie ticket$15
Broadband internet connection$53
Monthly public transport$120
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

235/266

Corporate taxation

Compared to other cities

113/263
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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

26.31
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 151 of 266 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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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

28,907,400
2,570 /km²
44/264
Density (people per unit of area)
-1%
Growth in 2015-2020
New York

Demographics of United States

Median age
38
Elderly people
15%
Life expectancy at birth
80
GDP per capita (in USD)
$54,597
12/263
Unemployment
5%
110/264

Languages

English proficiency score
100
1/228
Common spoken languages
English

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Teleport Users  X  New York

Teleport users who are      New York

Work in:

Software Engineer
10.94%
Founder
6.08%
Marketing Manager
5.88%
Web Designer
3.08%
Web Developer
3.01%
Graphic Designer
2.94%
Product Manager
2.60%
Other
65.48%

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LGBT rights in New York

Discrimination

Illegal In Some Contexts

Marriage

Legal

Adoption

Legal

Climate

Average number of clear days per year

107

Climate type

Humid Subtropical

Average daily maximum temperature

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Impressions from New York

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On living in New York

The City of New York, often called New York City (NYC) or simply New York, is the most populous city in the United States. With an estimated 2017 population of 8,622,698 distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles (784 km2), New York City is also the most densely populated major city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the world by urban landmass and one of the world's most populous megacities, with an estimated 20,320,876 people in its 2017 Metropolitan Statistical Area and 23,876,155 residents in its Combined Statistical Area. A global power city, New York City has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world, and exerts a significant impact upon commerce, entertainment, research, technology, education, politics, tourism, and sports. The city's fast pace defines the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy.

Situated on one of the world's largest natural harbors, New York City consists of five boroughs, each of which is a separate county of the State of New York. The five boroughs – Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, The Bronx, and Staten Island – were consolidated into a single city in 1898. The city and its metropolitan area constitute the premier gateway for legal immigration to the United States. As many as 800 languages are spoken in New York, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world. New York City is home to more than 3.2 million residents born outside the United States, the largest foreign-born population of any city in the world. In 2013, the tri-state New York Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) produced a gross metropolitan product (GMP) of nearly US$1.4 trillion. If greater New York City were a sovereign state, it would have the 12th highest GDP in the world.

New York City traces its origins to a trading post founded by colonists from the Dutch Republic in 1624 on Lower Manhattan; the post was named New Amsterdam in 1626. The city and its surroundings came under English control in 1664 and were renamed New York after King Charles II of England granted the lands to his brother, the Duke of York. New York served as the capital of the United States from 1785 until 1790. It has been the country's largest city since 1790. The Statue of Liberty greeted millions of immigrants as they came to the Americas by ship in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and is a world symbol of the United States and its ideals of liberty and peace. In the 21st century, New York has emerged as a global node of creativity and entrepreneurship, social tolerance, and environmental sustainability, and as a symbol of freedom and cultural diversity.

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Good Country Index

Every city comes with a country. How is this one doing in terms of giving back to the global community? Our friends at The Good Country Index measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, relative to its size.

Overall ranking

United States
23rd from a total of 163 countries

World Order

26th

Refugees hosted

Refugees generated

Charity giving

Birth rate

UN Treaties signed

International Peace & Security

66th

Dues in arrears to UN peace keeping budgets

International violent conflict

Peacekeeping troops

Arms exports

Internet security (2014)

Planet & Climate

34th

Ecological footprint

Reforestation since 1992

Hazardous pesticides exports

CO2 emissions

Ozone

Prosperity & Equality

46th

Development assistance

FDI outflows

Fairtrade market size

UN volunteers abroad

Open trading

Culture

53rd

Freedom of movement

Press freedom

Creative services exports

UNESCO dues in arrears as % of contribution

Creative goods exports

Science & Technology

20th

Nobel prizes

Patents

Journal exports

International publications

International Students

Health & Wellbeing

12th

Pharmaceutical exports

Voluntary excess donations to the WHO

Food aid

Humanitarian aid donations

International Health Regulations Compliance

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