These Are The 10 Worst Yonkers Suburbs For 2018


We used science and data to determine which Yonkers suburbs are the real pits.

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Not everyone is cut out for city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Yonkers.

So the question arises, do the suburbs maintain a semblance of the larger-than-life appeal of their more famous neighbor?

Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Yonkers ‘burbs need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Yonkers area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the suburbs to live up to Yonkers proper, although Scarsdale certainly tries.

Of course, not all suburbs of Yonkers are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

We examined the 154 biggest suburbs of Yonkers to find out the worst places to live. And while you won’t necessarily find them on the worst places to live in New York lists, these ten places are a little too far downwind of Yonkers in terms of quality of life.

Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Yonkers for 2018:

  1. Newark (Photos)
  2. Greenville
  3. Elizabeth (Photos)
  4. Spring Valley (Photos)
  5. Roselle (Photos)
  6. Paterson (Photos)
  7. Haverstraw (Photos)
  8. East Orange (Photos)
  9. Passaic (Photos)
  10. Linden (Photos)

Read on to see how we determined the places around Yonkers that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger.

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in New York check out the best places in New York overall or the worst.

And remember, there are some good places to live around Yonkers too.

Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the worst in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

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Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Yonkers for 2018

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what cities have the least amount of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent American Community Survey data, this is the criteria we used:

  • High unemployment rate
  • Low median household incomes
  • Low population density (no things to do)
  • Low home values
  • A lot of high school drop outs
  • High poverty
  • High rate of uninsured families

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Yonkers.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 5,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 154 suburbs to evaluate around Yonkers.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 154 in each category, where 1 was the “worst”.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the worst quality of life index the “Worst Suburb near Yonkers.” We’re lookin’ at you, Newark.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the worst of the worst. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from worst to best.

1. Newark

Newark, New York

Population: 280,139
Unemployment Rate: 17.2%
Median Home Price: $222,100
Median Income: $33,025
More on Newark: Data | Jobs

We’ll get the ball rolling with Newark, the absolute worst place to live around Yonkers according to the data.

And in the world of worst rankings, Newark beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the 3rd worst in the Yonkers area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 5th worst when it comes to home values.

But hey, at least it’s cheap to live there. But there’s a reason for that… it’s Newark.

You won’t feel bad about not having a great income for the area, there aren’t a bunch of places to spend your money anyway.

2. Greenville


Population: 12,979
Unemployment Rate: 10.2%
Median Home Price: $87,600
Median Income: $35,471
More on Greenville: Data | Jobs

Welcome to Greenville. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.

This city is 4.4 miles to Yonkers. Income levels here are the 6th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $35,471 a year, which doesn’t go a long ways even on a shoestring budget.

But on the bright side, there are a lot of fast food joints in the area.

3. Elizabeth

Elizabeth, New York

Population: 128,042
Unemployment Rate: 10.2%
Median Home Price: $262,300
Median Income: $43,831
More on Elizabeth: Data | Jobs

Back up the highway we go for the third worst Yonkers suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Elizabeth on here. While the cost of living is low, your entertainment and work options are limited. And that’s an understatement.

In terms of numbers, it’s in the worst 15% for insurance, and the adult high school drop out rate is poor compared to other Yonkers suburbs.

But at least there are nice parks to bring the kids during the day.

4. Spring Valley

Spring Valley, New York

Population: 32,415
Unemployment Rate: 11.8%
Median Home Price: $255,300
Median Income: $45,355
More on Spring Valley: Data | Jobs

If you live in Spring Valley, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 9th lowest Yonkers suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 5th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Yonkers. Remember, we looked at 154 cities for this study.

Spring Valley is about 15.0 miles to downtown.

5. Roselle

Roselle, New York

Population: 21,507
Unemployment Rate: 13.8%
Median Home Price: $204,800
Median Income: $46,118
More on Roselle: Data | Jobs

Roselle has the distinction of being a Yonkers suburb. Which means that’s about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, Roselle has the 3rd lowest home values in the metro Yonkers area, where the median price is $204,800. To put that into perspective, in Scarsdale, the median income is $250,000, which is the best in the area.

Roselle has an unemployment rate of 13.8% which ranks 3rd worst.

6. Paterson

Paterson, New York

Population: 146,894
Unemployment Rate: 8.1%
Median Home Price: $236,000
Median Income: $34,042
More on Paterson: Data | Jobs

Paterson has 146,894 residents that probably know it’s a pretty crummy place to live when you look at the data. (Or, if you’ve ever been there, you don’t need to look at the data.)

Incomes are towards the bottom and the poverty rate sits at 29.1%.

7. Haverstraw

Haverstraw, New York

Source: Public domain

Population: 12,120
Unemployment Rate: 9.4%
Median Home Price: $257,900
Median Income: $58,750
More on Haverstraw: Data | Jobs

Ah, Haverstraw. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Yonkers.

It’s the place with the 17th most out of work residents in the Yonkers metro area (9.4%).

8. East Orange

East Orange, New York

Source: Public domain

Population: 64,621
Unemployment Rate: 16.9%
Median Home Price: $209,500
Median Income: $38,403
More on East Orange: Data | Jobs

East Orange is a city about 21.9 miles from Yonkers, but Yonkers probably wishes it was further away. It ranks as the 8th worst burb for 2018.

You’d be hard pressed to find a worse place to live. East Orange has the 22nd most uninsured people, 7th worst incomes, and has the 2nd highest unemployment rate (16.9%) in the entire Yonkers metro area.

Homes only cost $209,500 for a reason. That’s cheap for Yonkers standards.

9. Passaic

Passaic, New York

Source: Public domain

Population: 70,536
Unemployment Rate: 7.7%
Median Home Price: $303,600
Median Income: $33,859
More on Passaic: Data | Jobs

If you absolutely have to live near Yonkers, then Passaic might be a place for you to consider as it’s only the 9th worst Yonkers suburb.

About 7.7% of residents are out of work.

10. Linden

Linden, New York

Population: 41,595
Unemployment Rate: 9.7%
Median Home Price: $264,900
Median Income: $64,471
More on Linden: Data | Jobs

Rounding out the ten worst Yonkers suburbs to call home is Linden.

Located 29.4 miles outside the city, Lindens is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 13th highest unemployment rate (9.7%), and poverty is far above the area average.

The areas around Yonkers where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2018

Well there you have it — the worst of the ‘burbs surrounding Yonkers with Newark casting itself ahead of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Yonkers aren’t all bad. Scarsdale takes the cake as the best place to live around Yonkers.

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Detailed List Of The Worst Yonkers Suburbs

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 Newark 280,139 17.2% $222,100 $33,025
2 Greenville 12,979 10.2% $87,600 $35,471
3 Elizabeth 128,042 10.2% $262,300 $43,831
4 Spring Valley 32,415 11.8% $255,300 $45,355
5 Roselle 21,507 13.8% $204,800 $46,118
6 Paterson 146,894 8.1% $236,000 $34,042
7 Haverstraw 12,120 9.4% $257,900 $58,750
8 East Orange 64,621 16.9% $209,500 $38,403
9 Passaic 70,536 7.7% $303,600 $33,859
10 Linden 41,595 9.7% $264,900 $64,471
11 West New York 52,407 10.1% $324,000 $50,334
12 Peekskill 23,977 8.2% $289,100 $55,453
13 Kearny 42,029 9.1% $314,000 $61,558
14 Guttenberg 11,628 9.4% $279,600 $54,368
15 Harrison 15,007 10.1% $318,600 $58,047
16 Fairview 14,314 9.0% $352,800 $54,177
17 Haledon 8,399 12.5% $259,100 $67,872
18 Hempstead 55,454 7.1% $306,900 $56,239
19 Little Ferry 10,868 9.6% $325,700 $62,543
20 Prospect Park 5,919 7.4% $249,800 $54,009
21 Bloomingdale 7,995 8.8% $306,800 $77,049
22 Garfield 31,456 7.6% $329,900 $48,254
23 Sleepy Hollow 10,117 7.9% $595,800 $52,738
24 West Haverstraw 10,334 7.1% $264,600 $66,076
25 Lodi 24,654 8.1% $353,000 $53,807
26 Ossining 25,299 7.4% $371,300 $62,917
27 Mount Vernon 68,217 10.8% $357,800 $51,886
28 Mount Kisco 11,062 6.1% $405,000 $66,265
29 Port Chester 29,417 7.5% $435,100 $56,524
30 Bayonne 65,772 6.9% $312,900 $54,862
31 Freeport 43,217 6.7% $311,100 $68,963
32 Norwalk 87,930 7.9% $416,800 $80,896
33 New Square 7,804 11.7% $339,000 $21,773
34 Hackensack 44,271 5.0% $291,500 $56,222
35 New York 8,461,961 8.6% $508,900 $55,191
36 Bogota 8,348 7.8% $313,400 $78,059
37 Stamford 127,410 8.0% $504,200 $81,634
38 Ridgefield 11,294 7.3% $457,200 $70,461
39 Woodland Park 12,358 7.2% $371,000 $70,473
40 Roselle Park 13,560 10.0% $269,300 $66,168
41 Wanaque 11,636 6.7% $295,900 $81,267
42 Carlstadt 6,238 7.7% $386,200 $84,268
43 East Rutherford 9,236 5.6% $383,300 $76,771
44 White Plains 57,925 6.7% $513,300 $82,460
45 Union 6,569 5.6% $91,400 $64,608
46 Clifton 85,578 5.4% $330,300 $71,830
47 New Rochelle 79,299 7.5% $545,700 $73,178
48 Glen Cove 27,246 4.7% $479,800 $73,673
49 Cliffside Park 24,661 5.9% $415,800 $60,616
50 Totowa 10,900 7.4% $369,600 $96,573
51 Ridgefield Park 12,976 5.3% $324,300 $64,980
52 North Arlington 15,788 6.5% $348,500 $76,698
53 Englewood 28,184 5.3% $379,900 $77,272
54 Wallington 11,618 4.8% $359,700 $57,813
55 Pompton Lakes 11,163 6.5% $294,800 $91,604
56 Mamaroneck 19,263 6.8% $591,700 $80,099
57 Valley Stream 37,626 9.5% $371,500 $94,681
58 Suffern 10,936 5.9% $309,200 $85,395
59 Palisades Park 20,499 4.6% $506,000 $63,266
60 Elmwood Park 20,135 4.8% $346,500 $73,837
61 New Milford 16,682 7.1% $394,200 $80,709
62 Nyack 6,788 4.9% $444,800 $63,596
63 Secaucus 18,737 5.0% $399,300 $94,160
64 New Hempstead 5,311 8.9% $471,200 $110,156
65 Bergenfield 27,513 5.7% $332,700 $81,042
66 Leonia 9,137 5.7% $473,200 $88,401
67 Butler 7,773 5.5% $345,100 $96,647
68 Kaser 5,082 5.7% $568,200 $18,538
69 North Haledon 8,490 9.3% $436,000 $100,724
70 Fort Lee 36,607 5.6% $326,500 $75,449
71 Chestnut Ridge 8,096 5.7% $433,200 $96,146
72 Hawthorne 18,950 6.6% $368,300 $89,472
73 Emerson 7,621 8.6% $465,000 $109,613
74 Boonton 8,405 5.3% $367,900 $90,082
75 Westbury 15,319 4.0% $416,800 $89,385
76 Rye Brook 9,513 9.4% $737,100 $120,758
77 Kenilworth 8,129 4.6% $346,100 $101,250
78 Hasbrouck Heights 12,124 6.6% $400,700 $82,870
79 Lincoln Park 10,488 3.9% $334,100 $83,750
80 Harrison 28,082 7.4% $803,200 $107,344
81 Maywood 9,726 6.7% $373,500 $86,155
82 Airmont 8,833 4.1% $460,100 $89,743
83 Long Beach 33,670 7.0% $455,800 $84,256
84 Rutherford 18,480 6.1% $435,100 $87,587
85 Great Neck Plaza 6,924 6.8% $331,500 $66,384
86 Caldwell 7,967 6.6% $423,100 $75,583
87 Montvale 8,285 7.2% $600,500 $111,436
88 Wood-Ridge 8,109 7.2% $383,600 $100,169
89 Ringwood 12,398 5.7% $348,900 $114,458
90 Lynbrook 19,584 6.7% $423,600 $81,077
91 Manorhaven 6,601 6.8% $561,500 $89,144
92 Croton-On-Hudson 8,209 6.7% $519,400 $117,656
93 Westwood 11,170 4.9% $437,800 $89,817
94 Old Tappan 5,942 8.5% $740,400 $133,750
95 Farmingdale 8,532 4.4% $369,700 $79,291
96 New Hyde Park 9,854 6.9% $483,100 $108,313
97 Roseland 5,875 5.5% $477,200 $96,250
98 Dumont 17,788 5.1% $358,300 $96,395
99 Paramus 26,795 5.4% $565,300 $101,793
100 Fair Lawn 33,205 5.3% $396,800 $102,716

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