Queens, NY
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Living in Queens


Queens is an enormous coastal borough (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New York. With a population of 2,278,906 people and 669 constituent neighborhoods, Queens is the second largest community in New York.

Queens home prices are not only among the most expensive in New York, but Queens real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Unlike some boroughs where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Queens is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Queens is a borough of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Queens who work in office and administrative support (12.35%), sales jobs (9.47%), and management occupations (7.94%).

Also of interest is that Queens has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Queens is one of the most attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Queens is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.

Queens is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

One downside of living in Queens is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Queens, the average commute to work is 41.41 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the borough, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly borough. Many of Queens’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

Queens is a big city, and with that comes lots of benefits. One benefit is that most big cities have public transit, but Queens really shines when it comes to the extensiveness and use of its public transit system. More than most large American cities, Queens citizens use public transit daily to get to and from work. And while there are transportation options, most people in Queens ride the subway. Whereas in some cities one is destined to sit in traffic every morning to get to work and every evening to get home, in Queens a lot leave their cars at home (if they even choose to own one), and hop a ride on the subway.

The education level of Queens citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 31.53% of adults in Queens have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Queens in 2018 was $30,289, which is middle income relative to New York, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $121,156 for a family of four. However, Queens contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Queens is an extremely ethnically-diverse borough. The people who call Queens home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Queens, accounting for 28.00% of the borough’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Queens residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Queens include Italian, Irish, Guyanese, Jamaican, and Polish.

Queens also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 47.30%.

The most common language spoken in Queens is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.