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Demographics

Demographics

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Ridgewood has a low population and high income rate. In fact, it was rated #26 in Money Magazine’s ‘Best Places to Live in America’ list in 2011. The population based on data taken from the 2010 Census, was reported to be 24,958. This made for a population density of 4,339 per square mile. 45% of the population had children, and 17% were individuals. 82% of Ridgewood’s population reported as white, 13% were Asian, 2% African American, 2% claimed more than 2 races, and 1% identified as other. For every 100 females accounted for, there were 93 males. Regarding age, the population majority was tied between those under 18 (children), and those between 45 and 64 (their parents), at 31% each. 21% consisted of 25-44 year olds, 13% were 65 years or older, and just 5% was between 18 and 24. The median household income was $143,229 (high for NJ as well as U.S averages), with 3% below the poverty line.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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The Village of Ridgewood Parks and Recreation Department sponsors many different activities for children and adults of all ages. Regular sports teams are organized throughout the year, including some interesting ones such as roller hockey, karate, and lacrosse. They also offer classes in the arts, such as acrylics, dance, chinese language, aviation, calligraphy, and more. Adult programs include soccer, softball, acrylics and watercolors. There are senior citizen activities organized regularly as well. Graydon Pool, which is actually a man-made lake, offers swim teams, memberships, and various activities such as story time and yoga. There is plenty more fun for adults to, as Ridgewood boasts a dance studio, art galleries, and numerous performing arts theaters.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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Ridgewood has around 2,000 units for rental purposes. However, that figure makes up only about 20% of the population, which is lower than average for all cities in the country. When compared with seven surrounding cities, Ridgewood was among the top 3 for rental rates, showing a median rate of around $1,800/month. Despite the overwhelming majority of homeowners, Ridgewood is a great commuter city for New York and Newark, and MyApartmentMap has plenty of rental listings.

 
Weather

Weather

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Using a weather index rate where 100 represents the most desirable climate, Ridgewood was given a score of 69. The rating is based on extreme weather instances, temperature and precipitation. Ridgewood was given a higher than average score relating to hurricane averages in the country, which were, however, lower than the New Jersey state average. The hail risk was at a slightly above average rating, and the tornado risk is about half of the average occurrence in the country. Ridgewood gets approximately 22 inches of snow yearly, over about 7 days, and around 44 inches of other precipitation. The average annual low, which occurs in January, is 21 degrees, and the annual high, in July, is 85. In the months between, Ridgewood sees a gradual transition of mild temperatures.

 
Weather

Weather

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Using a weather index rate where 100 represents the most desirable climate, Ridgewood was given a score of 69. The rating is based on extreme weather instances, temperature and precipitation. Ridgewood was given a higher than average score relating to hurricane averages in the country, which were, however, lower than the New Jersey state average. The hail risk was at a slightly above average rating, and the tornado risk is about half of the average occurrence in the country. Ridgewood gets approximately 22 inches of snow yearly, over about 7 days, and around 44 inches of other precipitation. The average annual low, which occurs in January, is 21 degrees, and the annual high, in July, is 85. In the months between, Ridgewood sees a gradual transition of mild temperatures.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Elizabeth frequently sponsors community events for residents. Most of these events are aimed at those residents’ welfare and happiness. They have sidewalk sales with proceeds going to the improvement of certain districts in need, financial planning day, free pet vaccination days, school supply giveaway drives, and more. There are some events simply for celebratory purposes, such as the annual Easter Egg Hunt, Tour de Elizabeth bike tour, and the Carnival Latino de Elizabeth and African American Heritage Day parades. All of these, along with very frequently occuring other events can be found at elizabethnj.org within the Community section.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Based on a national crime rate index using 100 to represent the safest cities in the United States, Elizabeth was given a score of 9. Elizabeth has been listed in the top 100 most dangerous cities in America. 96% of New Jersey cities have a lower crime rate than Elizabeth, and when compared to cities in all areas and of all sizes, Elizabeth remains significantly more dangerous than most. Violent crime is about 3 times more common in Elizabeth than in the rest of the country, with chances of being victimized at 1 in 89. Property crimes are at about twice the national average, with chances of becoming a victim at 1 in 26. Organized crime is thought to be a contributing factor for these high rates, especially concerning violent crimes.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Elizabeth has some of the highest numbers of transit ridership of all United States cities. It is absolutely a commuter city, not only of New York City, but also of Newark. The city of Elizabeth has two train stations, the Elizabeth Station (also referred to as the Broad Street Elizabeth or the Midtown Station), and the North Elizabeth Station, both servicing the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Lines. Collectively the lines provide service to Penn Station in New York, Hoboken, Newark, Trenton, Bay Head and Long Branch, as well as many cities and towns between, and also providing connection options. Bus routes 111-113, and 115 from Elizabeth provides service to Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan, routes 24, 40, 59, and 62 provide service to Newark, while routes 26, 52, and 56-58 provide local service. Public transportation is available and convenient in Elizabeth.

 
Section 8 & Affordable

Section 8 & Affordable

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Elizabeth has many options for those eligible for Section 8 housing assistance. Union County Housing Authority has made a decision not to create any low-income “projects”, but to assist people through the private rental market exclusively. Myapartmentmap.com has many listings, and keeps current availabilities accessible. After searching the city, select ‘show advanced options’, and check the Section 8 modifier to see what’s available. Union County (including Elizabeth) also participates in the Family Self-Sufficiency Program, helping people lessen their need for public assistance through employment assistance and planning. For information on these programs as well as contact information for the Union County Housing Authority, visit unioncountyhousingauthority.org.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Huntington maintains and operates eight town beaches that are open only to residents during the summer. There are also a number of boat launches throughout the city that allow residents to easily launch their boats during the summer and remove them before the winter months. Dix Hills Park is the largest park in the city and includes a 9-hole golf course, outdoor swimming pool, enclosed ice rink, and plenty of open space for residents to enjoy the great outdoors.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Residents that live in Huntington work all over the Long Island area and in the great New York City area. Many residents live and work in Huntington, but those that work in the greater New York area have about a one hour commute along I-495. The average commute for residents of Huntington is about 30 minutes, but varies from 10 minutes to over an hour. The traffic within Huntington is not that bad considering the location because it is located north of I-495 where the majority of traffic that passes through Long Island travels through.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Syracuse has access to three different Amtrak lines, which connects residents to places like Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, and New York City. Similarly, Greyhound and Trailways buses also serve the area. Most of the public transit in Syracuse is supplied by the CNYRTA in the form of buses. These buses take residents around the city and to suburban areas. Syracuse ranks 12th nationwide for the most pedestrian commuters; walking is very popular here in the spring, summer, and fall. Additionally, there have been proposals to add a monorail system and an aerial tramway to Syracuse’s transportation infrastructure. However, none of these plans are finalized yet.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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If you’ve heard of Syracuse before, it’s probably because of the city’s university. Syracuse University has over 20,000 students enrolled in its programs. The school also has a large presence in the city because it’s one of the top employers, and is affiliated with research facilities and other schools in the area. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that their basketball team also has a huge local following, and though Syracuse doesn’t have a professional sports team, the college sports more than make up for it. I wouldn’t say that Syracuse is necessarily a “college town” like Gainesboro, FL or Chapel Hill, NC, but there definitely is a strong population of college students here.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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Brooklyn used to be separate from New York City, and if it still was today it would be the fourth largest city in the United States. With a population of 2.5 million, Brooklyn has just a couple hundred thousand less people than Chicago. So that definitely gives you an idea of how large Brooklyn is. And with the borough’s rich history in every facet of culture, including music, art, sports, education, and film, it could definitely stand on its own. If you rent here, you’ll definitely get the feeling that Brooklyn is autonomous. There’s nothing wrong with this; the opposite, actually. A lot of people rent in Brooklyn to be close to Manhattan, but end up falling in love with Brooklyn itself. I would definitely recommend living here, and fortunately there are a lot of apartment listings to choose from.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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A lot of my past clients who found rentals in Brooklyn planned on commuting to Manhattan on the weekends, because naturally when you think of New York City nightlife that’s the first thing that comes to mind. However, most of them told me that they were finding so much culture right in Brooklyn. The most iconic part of Brooklyn’s nightlife is probably Coney Island, with its boardwalk and amusement park (you would recognize the ferris wheel if you saw it). The New Jersey Nets recently moved their franchise to Brooklyn, and will play the 2012-2013 season at their new stadium here. The area is also home to the second-largest museum in the country, the Brooklyn Museum, and one of the most famous venues in the world, the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Overall, I’d say it stacks up favorably to Manhattan.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Before you hop on the ferry to get to the other parts of the city on the weekend, check out what’s going on in Staten Island first. If you want to go out with the family, the Staten Island Zoo is one of the best in the area. Or, see if there’s a show at the St. George Theatre, which hosts virtually any type of event you could imagine. However, Staten Island’s speciality is definitely its museums. There are around 15, and each of them are interesting in their own ways. The Staten Island Museum, the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, the Alice Austen House Museum, and the Staten Island Children’s Museum are all great places you should check out at least once. And if none of these activities that I mentioned grab your interest, New York City is just miles away.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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No one would argue that New York City has some of the best restaurants in the entire world. Just look at any of the worldwide rankings for best foodie cities in the world and NYC will be sitting near the top on all of them. Staten Island is a large part why. There are so many great restaurants in this borough that I don’t even know where to begin. A lot of my clients ask me where they can find the best pizza in the city, and two of the best options are in Staten Island: Denino’s Pizzeria Tavern and Lee’s Tavern. Both of those places specialize in pizza and are amazing. Staten Island is also, in my opinion, the best borough for Italian food (after all, 44% of residents here have an Italian heritage). Nino’s, Trattoria Romana, and Vola are three great places that will become go-to restaurants if you settle down in Staten Island.

 
Weather

Weather

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White Plains didn’t get its name from the snowfall in the area, but maybe it should have: it has the second most annual snowfall in downstate New York, at 27.7 inches, spread out over 11 days. As you may have guessed, the winters are freezing -- though it’s not as bad as New England. The temperatures here stay in the 20s, or 30s if you’re lucky. On cold days they can sink to the teens. Summers are very humid, which makes it feel like it’s in the 90s when the the temperature is only in the 70s or 80s. Spring and fall are, well, some years they’ll be warm and pleasant and other years cold or rainy, you never know.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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White Plains is a bit far from New York City, but commuting there every day from here is still a possibility. If you’re driving, once you get on 9A it’s a straight shot to the city, but with traffic it could take an over an hour. Fortunately, you can always take the train into the city and not have to worry about traffic. Yonkers is much closer to White Plains, it’s only 15 miles away by car. White Plains is also closer to the Connecticut border than most of Yonker’s suburbs; it’s just eight miles from it.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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New Rochelle’s public education is run by the New Rochelle City School District. The school system is pretty well run, or at least I think so, but a lot of parents still favor the private schools here. There are actually more private institutions in New Rochelle than public schools. The most popular private school is the Iona Preparatory School. It has earned praise for preparing their students for college, and making the transition easy, as many of the students go on to enroll in Iona College, which is also located in New Rochelle. The city is also home to the College of New Rochelle and Monroe College.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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New York City and its boroughs have a reputation -- although it’s not as bad as it used to be -- for being dangerous. Yonkers, on the other hand, is known for being one of the safest cities of its size in the entire country. And its suburbs, such as White Plains and New Rochelle, are just as safe. A lot of couples who work in the city, but have a family or are planning on having one, settle down in New Rochelle. It has great access to NYC, but also has a community that’s safe and family-friendly.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Mount Vernon’s apartment prices are pretty high if you put them on a national scale, but for the New York City metropolitan area, they’re on the cheaper side. For example, the MyApartmentMap data says that the average two bedroom in Mount Vernon is $1247. Comparatively, the two bedroom average for Yonkers is $2140, New York City is $3626, Brooklyn is $3750, New Rochelle is $2210, etc. So, if you can’t afford those sky-high rates (completely understandable), Mount Vernon is a less expensive option with the same accessibility to the city.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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The first thing that people notice about Mount Vernon is, obviously, its proximity to New York City. With all the public transit options, there are countless ways to get to the city in less than an hour. If you drive, it’s an even shorter commute. So whether you want to catch a Mets game or see a concert at Madison Square Garden, all of NYC’s activities are close enough for you to go if you rent here. In Mount Vernon itself, there are ten city and county parks that you can visit when you want a break from the urban lifestyle.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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In your housing search you will find that the communities in the New York City metropolitan area are some of the most renter friendly areas in the country. There are hundreds of listings on the market at any given time, and so many locations to choose from; even the suburbs of NYC have their own suburbs. This area is one of the only ones I know of where you can list all the amenities you want, and not have to compromise. For example, if you wanted a two bedroom, pet friendly apartment with a scenic view and a doorman, you could probably find several listings that meet your criteria. Yonkers is one of the best places to rent in the metropolitan area; it has great access to the Big Apple, but is also a comfortable distance away from it. Good luck with your search, I’m sure you will have no trouble finding a listing that fits your needs.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Yonkers has an incredibly variegated public transit system. The most popular branch is the Metro-North train service, which provides routes in and out of the New York City area, and has four stations in Yonkers. Amtrak also provides service to Yonkers. Bus routes are available via the the Bee-Line Bus System and the MTA Bus Company. A ferry service used to be offered, but it stopped running a couple years back. Overall, Yonkers ranks eighth in the entire U.S. for the highest public transit ridership, which truly shows how many people use it to get around every day.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Penfield has a number of activities within the city that will give you or your family plenty of things to do throughout the year. Throughout the summer residents can attend any of the free events at the Penfield Amphitheater which hosts concerts, festivals, and kids activities at least once a week during June-August. The town also organizes sports leagues for youth and adults in soccer, softball, basketball, and volleyball. The Recreation Department also hosts a number of classes and programs for people of all ages, including: educational courses, arts and crafts, athletics, hikes, and day trips to nearby lakes and mountains. No matter what age you are you will easily find something to do in Penfield.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Penfield is served by the Penfield Central School District which consists of four elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. The district was recently included on the list of “Best 100 Communities for Music Education” by the American Music Conference. Along with excellent music education, Penfield High School offers Advanced Placement courses and prepares students for competitive four year colleges and universities. There are also two Christian Schools--Southeast Christian Academy and Charles Finney School--both of which serve students K-12.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Although most residents are hoping that some form of commuter rail is constructed in Orchard Park in the future, the commute from here isn’t bad. In fact, it would be tough to find a suburb around with a shorter average commute time (at 22 minutes it’s seven minutes less than the NY average and four minutes shorter than the national average). The 72 bus provides a straight shot into Buffalo and only takes from 30-40 minutes. However, driving is the main mode of commuting and usually takes around 20 minutes.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Orchard Park has a pretty basic public school system. There are four elementary schools, one junior high, and a high school. However, the academic performance is far from basic. GreatSchools gave the schools in OP a combined 9 out of 10 rating based on its state testing. As someone who knows parents who have kids in the schools and are on the school board, I can tell you that this district (Orchard Park Central) definitely makes the students its priority and is very responsive to feedback from families in the area. There are also several private schools in OP, although I don’t know enough about them to say anything. When you’re researching, you should look at both public and private schools here.

 
Weather

Weather

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Grand Island gets very cold from November to March, which is when the area’s long winter starts and ends, and the brutal winds just add to the fact. However, in the summer these winds are a blessing. They provide a cool breeze that keeps Grand Island from overheating in the summer. In fact, a temperature over 100 degrees F has never been recorded here mainly because of it. So, overall, there are a range of temperatures here, from the teen temps in the winter to the 70s and low 80s in the summer.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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A lot of people would think that being on an island would be boring. In Grand Island, this is not the case. There’s a huge amusement park called Martin’s Fantasy Island (85 acres) and a couple state parks that are great for wildlife and outdoor activities like hiking, biking, fishing, etc. One of these parks, Beaver Island, has a beach that is considered the best in Buffalo -- although there aren’t a lot in the area. And if you want to head into the city, it’s only 15 minute drive.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The American Community Survey ranked Buffalo in the top 25 of its US cities with the highest rates of taking public transit. The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is in charge of public transit in the area, and they operate two airports, bus lines through the city and the surrounding communities, and a light rail service. Amtrak also serves the area, and has two stations in Buffalo for traveling between other cities.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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It’s very arguable that Buffalo has the lowest housing prices out of any of the nation’s large cities. The median rent here is $656. Comparatively, the national average is $950, and when you compare the prices to cities its size, Buffalo’s housing market looks even more affordable. The Housing Opportunity Index shows that 90% of the properties in the city can be afforded by families who make the city’s median income ($57,000).

 

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