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 12.3% of Teleport users.

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Costs of living

Costs of living in New York City are in the most expensive 10 percent of all 254 Teleport cities and the most expensive in the United States. 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.

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Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$89
Movie ticket$14
Broadband internet connection$53
Monthly public transport$110
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in New York are very high. For this job type, New York ranks 6th for salaries among 256 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.

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Overall crime rates

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Motor vehicle theft
Very Low

Crime rate development in the last 11 months

Change in the last 11 months

  • Assault-98%
  • Robbery-88%
  • Theft-93%

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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts New York in position 158 of 256 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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  • Nightlife
  • Lack of Traffic

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  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Singles
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On living in New York

The City of New York, often called New York City, New York, or simply The City, is the most populous 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, one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world. With a U.S. Census Bureau-estimated 2015 population of 8,550,405 distributed over a land area of just 305 square miles (790 km2), New York is also the most densely populated major city in the United States. A global power city, New York City exerts a significant impact upon commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment, its fast pace defining the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy and has been described as the cultural and financial capital of the world.

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 New York State. 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, and as many as 800 languages are spoken in New York, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world. By 2015 estimates, the New York City metropolitan region remains by a significant margin the most populous in the United States, as defined by both the Metropolitan Statistical Area (20.2 million residents) and the Combined Statistical Area (23.7 million residents). In 2013, the MSA produced a gross metropolitan product (GMP) of nearly US$1.39 trillion, while in 2012, the CSA generated a GMP of over US$1.55 trillion, both ranking first nationally by a wide margin and behind the GDP of only twelve and eleven countries, respectively.

New York City traces its origin to its 1624 founding in Lower Manhattan as a trading post by colonists of the Dutch Republic and 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 symbol of the United States and its democracy. In the 21st century, New York has emerged as a global node of creativity and entrepreneurship, social tolerance, and environmental sustainability.

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