New York

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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 12.8% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

1
260/263
Details
Large apartment$3878.06
Medium apartment$3101.93
Rent index [score]0.10
Small apartment$2325.80

Cost of Living

2
254/261
Details
5km taxi ride$6.80
A Cappuccino$4.70
A beer$2.60
A kilogram of Apples$4.70
Bread$2.50
Inflation [score]0.18
Lunch$17.00
Monthly fitness club membership$90.00
Monthly public transport$110.00
Movie ticket$16.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$100.00

Startups

10
1/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups357
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 members393909
Number of investors11238
Number of startup events in the last 12 months6815
Number of upcoming meetup events188
Startup climate scene [score]0.97
Startup events650
Startup events862
Startup events [score]1.00
Startups [score]1.00
Total number of startups8627

Venture Capital

10
1/228
Details
Funding accelerator namesAngelPad, Techstars NYC, Blueprint Health
Number of funding accelerators15
Venture capital [score]1.00

Travel Connectivity

7
23/260
Details
Airport hub220
Airport hub [score]0.93
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.41

Commute

5
157/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/United_States/New_York_City
Traffic handling [score]0.44

Business Freedom

9
67/259
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
155/264
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

6
190/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.28
Healthcare quality [score]0.80
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

9
5/230
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)32
PISA ranking25
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.82
PISA reading (high school)20
PISA science (high school)24
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]0.88

Environmental Quality

5
175/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.43
Cleanliness [score]0.31
Drinking water quality [score]0.60
Urban greenery [score]0.67

Economy

6
16/258
Details
Currency for urban areaUSD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.43
GDP per capita$54596.65
GDP per capita [score]0.86

Taxation

4
191/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.54
Income tax level [score]0.26
Profit tax (% of profit)0.44
Time overhead to file company taxes175
VAT (Sales Tax)0.09

Internet Access

5
167/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)17.66
Internet access (download) [score]0.41
Internet access (upload) [score]0.50
Upload speed (Mbps)11.59

Leisure & Culture

10
1/263
Details
Art galleries367
Art galleries [score]1.00
Cinemas303
Cinemas [score]0.97
Comedy clubs280
Comedy clubs [score]1.00
Concert venues302
Concerts [score]1.00
Historical sites324
Historical sites [score]1.00
Museums222
Museums [score]1.00
Performing art venues273
Performing arts [score]1.00
Sport venues145
Sports [score]1.00
Zoos57
Zoos [score]1.00

Tolerance

8
30/264
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]0.70

Outdoors

6
46/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.16
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 261 Teleport cities and the 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)

$1,847$2,805
$2326
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$90
Movie ticket$16
Broadband internet connection$53
Monthly public transport$110
Lunch$17
+3%
compared to
San Francisco
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Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$89,531
Median salary
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Safety

Overall crime rates

Homicide
Very Low
1/10
Assault
Very Low
24/53
Theft
Low
19/51
Robbery
Low
19/46
Motor vehicle theft
Very Low
5/29

Crime rate development in the last 12 months

Change in the last 12 months

  • Assault4792%
  • Robbery332%
  • Theft5008%

Gun crimes & Ownership

29.02
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 166 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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

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U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan

Great Massoud Road, Wazir Akbar Khan , Kabul, Afghanistan

Phone: (+93) 700-10-8001

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  • Cost of Living
  • Nightlife
  • Lack of Traffic

Who lives here

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

The City of New York, often called New York City or simply New York, 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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