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What to Know Before Moving to Queens:

There are approximately 2.3 million people living in Queens, almost a quarter of NYC’s population. It is an ethnically diverse area where more than half of the people living there speak a language other than English. Most residents are mainly high school graduates, with only 30% of the population having a bachelor’s degree. Even though the median income is $77,000 annually, the poverty rate is 13.3%. Living in Queens gives young professionals and families close access to Manhattan without the price tag of the affluent borough.
Representing the largest ethnic diversity of the five NYC boroughs, Queens is home to 2.3 million people and gives its residents a more cost-effective option to living in Manhattan. Catch a New York Mets baseball game at Citi Field, or take a food tour at Local Finds Queens Food tour. Spend a day at Rockaway Beach relaxing in the soft sand and cool water.

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Places to Live in Queens
Places to Live in Queens

Great Places to Live in Queens:

Finding the right place to live for your ideal lifestyle is about finding a delicate balance between salaries, expenses, education, activity, and distance to work. This is why it is important to consider the cost of living, schools, and overall safety when researching the best place to live. Below are some of the most popular places to live in Queens and some general information about each.

Forest Hills

Forest Hills is a great place to raise a family. More affordable than some other areas, Forest Hills has Tudor-style homes, colonial homes, and tree-lined streets. Parks and various shops give these 68,759 residents options for evening and weekends. With a median home value of $482,348, 53% choose to rent their home in this dense urban area. Median rent is $1,766 and the median household income is $84,57. Taxes in Queens make this area more expensive than average. Residents here are required to pay three different types of income taxes. In addition to federal and state taxes, NYC residents pay a 3-3.8% tax of their gross income. This tax applies to residents and is not dependent on working in the city itself.


Astoria, population 91,900, is a dense urban area, where once again, most residents rent their homes (85%). Median home value towers at $756,703 with a median rent at $1,650. The average household income is just $68,025. Bordering Queens and Manhattan gives residents access to multiple public transportation options.

Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens is a more economical place for young professionals to live. The median home value is $397,475 with a median rent of $1,537. Residents here have an average household income of $71,148 and access to parks, shops, restaurants, and public transportation.

Rego Park

Rego Park scores an A on and places #44 in best neighborhood to live in New York City. Its median home value of $462,823 and median rent of $1,593 persuade 61% of residents to rent rather than own their home. Household income averages $66,907.

Long Island City

Long Island City, not to be confused with Long Island, is a community in Queens that boasts 47,309 people. Eighty-four percent of the residents here choose to rent their home as the median home value is $812,519. Monthly rent average is $1,788 for the median household income of $77,901.


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Queens Careers and Opportunities
Queens Careers and Opportunities

Career & Industry in Queens:

The job market and economy have seen great growth in Queens. There are almost 50,000 businesses and between 2015 and 2016, Queens employment grew 2%. Administration, sales, and management are the most common occupations of residents in Queens. With close proximity to Manhattan, White Plains, and Westchester and the many job opportunities that are presented there, only 25% of Queens residents actually work in the borough itself. Leading industries in the Queens area are retail, hospitality, and healthcare. Several big name and reputable companies in Queens include New York Edge, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, DECIEM, New York Cancer and Blood Specialists-Bayside Medical Oncology, and Zwanger Pesiri Radiology.

Some smaller scale businesses in the Queens area include Fidelis Care, AABR, Allen Health Care Services, and The Child Center of NY.

Things to Do in Queens
Things to Do in Queens

Things to Do in Queens:

Queens offers great evening dining, exciting outdoor activities, and “night on the town” options. Dining options might take you to Tacoway Beach for Mexican food or to The Bonnie for a cozy upscale pub fare. Outdoor activities could include Rockaway Beach. Located on Queens’ southern peninsula, this amazing place is the only place in New York that allows surfing legally. Visit Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Citi Field,Long Island Rail Road, Gantry Plaza State Park, Norwood Museum, the U.S. Open, or the Museum of the Moving Image. Tour the area by coach, by double decker bus, or by boat.

Transportation in Queens:

Public Transportation in Queens is accessible and convenient. Find your way to a bus stop or a metro station to board one of these popular transports: The 7 Subway Train, Q70 to LaGuardia, The L Train, Q53 Bus, Roosevelt Ave – Jackson Heights subway, Jamaica LIRR Station, MTA 179th St Subway Station, The 2 Train, LIRR Auburndale Station, or the MTA-Q25 Bus.

Crime in Queens: documents that Queens is safer than 40% of U.S. Cities. Its total crimes reach 35,521 with 26,290 of them being property crimes and 9,231 of them being violent crimes.

Education in Queens
Education in Queens

Schools in Queens:

Top Public Schools serving the Queens area are Stuyvesant High School, Townsend Harris High School, Bronx High School of Science, Engineering at the City College of New York, and Baccalaureate School for Global Education.

Top private schools include Jewish Institute of Queens, Our Saviour Lutheran School, MetroKids Preschool-Rego Park, SAR High School, and The Kew-Forest School.

Students attending private schools in Queens can anticipate paying a median annual tuition of $27,000. Most students attending both public and private schools are interested in attending Cornell University, Columbia University, and New York University.

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