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Love Thy Neighbor: A New York City Borough Survey

We decided to hone in on New York as the largest and most densely populated city in the country, so we surveyed 1,000 of the city’s residents to find out more about the famous five boroughs of New York City. New York has one of the most diverse populations in the world and its five boroughs are a perfect microcosm of that diversity, each with its own vibrant and completely unique lifestyle.

New York Boroughs: The Results

We decided to hone in on New York as the largest and most densely populated city in the country, so we surveyed 1,000 of the city’s residents to find out more about the famous five boroughs of New York City.

The Five Boroughs

New York has one of the most diverse populations in the world and its five boroughs are a perfect microcosm of that diversity, each with its own vibrant and completely unique lifestyle. From the big spending stereotype of the Manhattan businessman to the more laid-back lifestyle of the suburban Staten Island family, New York has it all. We asked residents from all over the city a few questions to gauge their thoughts on their neighbors and their borough.

Manhattan was voted the friendliest borough, with 27% of the vote, while only 7% of the city thought it was the Bronx, putting it firmly in last place. Interestingly, individual results from all five boroughs revealed the majority of respondents named their home borough as the friendliest in the city, proving that local community spirit is very much still alive.

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Respondents were also asked to name the borough they would least like to live in, with the Bronx again coming out worst, with 38% naming it the ‘least desirable’ in the city. There was a big correlation between the friendliest and most desirable places to live in the city, with the three least friendly ranking as the bottom three least popular boroughs to live.
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How often do they talk?

New York is one of America’s most famous cities. With the largest population and highest population density in the US, it’s fair to say that the city’s residents get to know each other pretty well. It’s no surprise then, that New Yorkers are more sociable with their neighbors than the rest of the country. Around 71% said they talk to their neighbors on a weekly basis, compared to only 64% of Americans nationally.

What do they argue about?

A large percentage of the city’s residents live in high-rise and multi-family homes, which unfortunately has some downsides, with 50% of New York residents having argued with their neighbors about noise, compared to only 18% of Americans nationally.

Noise

Parking is, as you would expect in one of the most congested cities in the country, a big issue in busy districts like Brooklyn. Almost a third (32%) of residents have argued about it with their neighbors. The situation isn’t much better in Queens, where it has been a point of contention for 29% of its residents.
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Table: What Have You Ever Argued With Your Neighbors About?

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After speaking to people from all over New York City, we’ve learned a lot about what makes a NY borough tick. While tensions might occasionally boil over about loud music or a parking spot, in general, New Yorkers still consider their neighbors to be important. The majority of New Yorkers still speak to each other every day, or week, and even when we don’t we’re keeping up to date by text or through social media.

Are you a New Yorker? How do you feel about your borough? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @HomesDotCom with your thoughts!

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6 Replies to Love Thy Neighbor: A New York City Borough Survey

  1. Did you survey 200 residents of each of the five boroughs to generate your results? As a resident of the Bronx, I really have to laugh at the implication that the Bronx is the least friendly borough. This article reaks of racism and classism.

  2. Just read the article — and it just goes to show what happens when you survey people who have been told for years what a scary place the Bronx is . I’m constantly being told by people who fled in the 80s when things were bad — about how horrible and dangerous it is here. In the meantime crime has dropped dramatically.

    The reasons people say these things usually boil down to 2 things: 1- they feel the need to justify their own flight and/or
    2- they’re afraid of (or anxious about ) people who look different than they do
    Sad

    On another level though – it keeps the cost of living down so my husband and I still have a huge 5 room apartment, still pay less than $1,000/rent, still walk to work, and still can get to Manhattan quickly.

  3. Good morning Richard

    Thank you for your comment regarding the survey. I can assure you that there is no bias towards any of the New York boroughs. The survey was conducted through a third-party company, who polled 1,000 respondents (the margin of error for the sample size is +/- 3%) from New York at random, irrespective of borough.

    Close to 10% of the survey was completed by those living in The Bronx.

    Of those responding from The Bronx, almost a quarter (24%) admitted that they felt one of the other four boroughs was the most friendly. And 27% of those people of living there also said it was the place they’d LEAST like to live.

    I’ve visited each of NY’s boroughs, and each has its own personality, attractions, distractions and highlights, I can only apologize that the results may have given you cause for concern.

    Grant
    VP Homes.com

  4. Sally,

    Thank you for your response.

    As with any negative in a neighborhood, there is always a silver lining! Rents and for sale prices are definitely more affordable, and proximity to other boroughs definitely makes it a great place to call home.

    And there’s the Yankees too! 🙂

    Cheers

    Grant
    VP Homes.com

  5. I hate staten island the people there seemed to forget where they came from, the bronx is too confusing i would get lost everyday,but good thing the YANKEES, love manhatten,but i love brooklyn the most i have ms and there’s not a day i go out that someone doesn’t try to help me ,or talk to me and wish me luck,anyone who disputes this,just follow me around for just 1 day.

  6. Thanks for sharing Gail! We love how unique all of New York’s neighborhoods are — we can’t pick a fave, but we agree that Brooklyn is pretty cool!

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