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.
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.
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.
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.
Table: What Have You Ever Argued With Your Neighbors About?
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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