The 10 Worst Yonkers Suburbs For 2021


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

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the worst suburbs around Yonkers.

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 East Hills certainly tries.

Of course, not all suburbs of Yonkers are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones..

We examined the 193 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 2021:

  1. Greenville
  2. Newark
  3. Haverstraw
  4. Spring Valley
  5. Elizabeth
  6. West Haverstraw
  7. East Orange
  8. Peekskill
  9. Linden
  10. Passaic

What's the worst suburb of Yonkers? Greenville ranks as the worst suburb of Yonkers for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data.

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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The 10 Worst Yonkers Suburbs To Live For 2021

1. Greenville

Greenville Location In Ohio

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 12,766
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $41,647 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.1% (15th highest)
Median Home Value: $98,800 (lowest)
More on Greenville:

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

And in the world of worst rankings, Greenville beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the 6th worst in the Yonkers area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 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 Greenville.

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.

Newark, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 281,054
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $35,199 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 11.3% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $245,200 (10th lowest)
More on Newark:  Data | Photos

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

This city is 22.1 miles to Yonkers. Income levels here are the 3rd lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $35,199 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.

Haverstraw, NY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,065
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Median Income: $63,191 (18th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.8% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $255,200 (11th lowest)
More on Haverstraw:  Data | Photos

Back up the highway we go for the third worst Yonkers suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Haverstraw 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.

Spring Valley, NY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 32,295
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $45,428 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.4% (11th highest)
Median Home Value: $295,500 (19th lowest)
More on Spring Valley:  Data | Photos

If you live in Spring Valley, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 7th lowest Yonkers suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 11th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Yonkers. Remember, we looked at 193 cities for this study.

Spring Valley is about 15.0 miles to downtown.

5. Elizabeth

Elizabeth, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 128,333
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Income: $48,407 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.8% (37th highest)
Median Home Value: $282,700 (16th lowest)
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Elizabeth has the distinction of being a Yonkers suburb. Which means that's about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, Elizabeth has the 16th lowest home values in the metro Yonkers area, where the median price is $282,700. To put that into perspective, in East Hills, the median income is $250,001, which is the best in the area.

Elizabeth has an unemployment rate of 5.82% which ranks 37th worst.

West Haverstraw, NY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,250
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Income: $64,782 (23rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.3% (5th highest)
Median Home Value: $265,900 (12th lowest)
More on West Haverstraw:  Data | Photos

West Haverstraw has 10,250 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 13.43974775839984%.

7. East Orange

East Orange, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 64,374
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $48,072 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 12.6% (highest)
Median Home Value: $219,300 (3rd lowest)
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Ah, East Orange. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Yonkers.

It's the place with the most out of work residents in the Yonkers metro area (12.64%).

Peekskill, NY

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 24,075
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Median Income: $57,206 (12th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.6% (46th highest)
Median Home Value: $294,100 (18th lowest)
More on Peekskill:  Data | Photos

Peekskill is a city about 23.8 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. Peekskill has the 32nd most uninsured people, 12th worst incomes, and has the 46th highest unemployment rate (5.61%) in the entire Yonkers metro area.

Homes only cost $294,100 for a reason. That's cheap for Yonkers standards.

9. Linden

Linden, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 42,222
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Median Income: $73,386 (40th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.2% (13th highest)
Median Home Value: $281,800 (15th lowest)
More on Linden:

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

About 7.17% of residents are out of work.

10. Passaic

Passaic, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 70,019
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4)
Median Income: $40,865 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (54th highest)
Median Home Value: $332,700 (32nd lowest)
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Rounding out the ten worst Yonkers suburbs to call home is Passaic.

Located 14.9 miles outside the city, Passaics is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 54th highest unemployment rate (5.3%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Yonkers for 2021

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 from 2015-2019, 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 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 193 suburbs to evaluate around Yonkers.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 193 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, Greenville. You can download the data here.

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.

The areas around Yonkers where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2021

Well there you have it -- the worst of the 'burbs surrounding Yonkers with Greenville casting itself ahead of the pack.

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

  • East Hills
  • Scarsdale
  • North Hills

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Detailed List Of The Worst Yonkers Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Greenville 12,766 $41,647 $98,800
2 Newark 281,054 $35,199 $245,200
3 Haverstraw 12,065 $63,191 $255,200
4 Spring Valley 32,295 $45,428 $295,500
5 Elizabeth 128,333 $48,407 $282,700
6 West Haverstraw 10,250 $64,782 $265,900
7 East Orange 64,374 $48,072 $219,300
8 Peekskill 24,075 $57,206 $294,100
9 Linden 42,222 $73,386 $281,800
10 Passaic 70,019 $40,865 $332,700
11 West New York 52,662 $56,436 $326,900
12 Paterson 145,710 $41,360 $244,200
13 Guttenberg 11,317 $62,450 $323,100
14 Little Ferry 10,782 $66,098 $329,300
15 Haledon 8,325 $70,167 $271,700
16 Fairview 14,258 $57,698 $364,900
17 Norwalk 88,599 $85,769 $435,800
18 Kearny 41,412 $70,702 $333,100
19 Hempstead 55,300 $62,569 $321,200
20 Roselle 21,637 $64,718 $225,100
21 Harrison 17,213 $69,604 $333,700
22 Elmsford 5,085 $90,823 $433,300
23 Bayonne 65,091 $63,947 $333,700
24 Prospect Park 5,865 $48,497 $266,300
25 Port Chester 29,342 $74,920 $446,900
26 Sleepy Hollow 10,122 $68,125 $693,500
27 Englewood 28,353 $85,899 $388,300
28 Bloomingdale 8,088 $93,603 $303,300
29 Mount Vernon 67,896 $59,907 $362,200
30 Hackensack 44,339 $70,090 $296,300
31 Moonachie 2,716 $66,976 $360,100
32 Stamford 129,309 $93,059 $532,700
33 Lodi 24,430 $66,595 $373,000
34 Jersey City 261,940 $70,752 $373,700
35 Ossining 25,086 $70,177 $360,300
36 Ridgefield 11,227 $71,699 $442,500
37 East Newark 2,644 $63,750 $299,700
38 Wanaque 11,709 $95,023 $318,000
39 Suffern 10,943 $81,845 $310,900
40 Chestnut Ridge 8,057 $94,904 $494,800
41 New Rochelle 79,067 $81,311 $575,300
42 Garfield 31,645 $62,939 $338,400
43 New York 8,419,316 $63,998 $606,000
44 Woodland Park 12,547 $77,250 $365,900
45 Greenwood Lake 3,091 $80,805 $226,600
46 Clifton 85,204 $76,646 $345,400
47 Freeport 43,078 $81,958 $339,100
48 White Plains 58,137 $90,427 $568,400
49 Mount Kisco 10,866 $86,654 $429,900
50 Manorhaven 6,628 $86,484 $535,500
51 Pompton Lakes 11,029 $102,371 $302,700
52 Wallington 11,540 $68,845 $375,800
53 Airmont 8,770 $89,784 $508,800
54 Kenilworth 8,161 $93,208 $345,500
55 Roselle Park 13,581 $75,000 $284,000
56 Bogota 8,360 $91,232 $336,000
57 Union 6,628 $70,360 $100,000
58 Palisades Park 20,604 $68,245 $558,400
59 Nyack 7,173 $66,413 $475,500
60 New Square 8,373 $23,730 $493,300
61 Harriman 3,007 $74,435 $232,200
62 East Rutherford 9,584 $80,896 $381,100
63 Carlstadt 6,178 $88,827 $408,600
64 Pomona 2,668 $122,500 $550,900
65 Riverdale 4,197 $110,664 $347,400
66 Glen Cove 27,232 $80,702 $508,300
67 North Arlington 15,677 $84,527 $363,400
68 Sloatsburg 3,116 $105,000 $342,300
69 Buchanan 2,140 $109,375 $371,900
70 Elmwood Park 20,059 $77,334 $362,700
71 Westbury 15,342 $101,250 $458,500
72 Cliffside Park 25,126 $72,633 $447,900
73 Northvale 4,862 $108,385 $463,100
74 Kaser 5,262 $21,541 $1,080,900
75 Lincoln Park 10,262 $97,003 $330,900
76 North Haledon 8,437 $103,056 $435,700
77 Ridgefield Park 12,922 $86,923 $349,100
78 Maywood 9,661 $94,317 $389,300
79 Butler 7,679 $95,446 $355,200
80 Fort Lee 37,430 $83,767 $324,600
81 Totowa 10,828 $105,637 $371,200
82 New Milford 16,545 $94,344 $426,800
83 Highland Falls 3,841 $86,750 $231,700
84 Hasbrouck Heights 12,082 $94,801 $429,100
85 Bergenfield 27,373 $96,335 $358,200
86 Dumont 17,624 $100,219 $376,100
87 Valley Stream 37,577 $110,189 $427,100
88 Boonton 8,398 $87,027 $386,100
89 Hawthorne 18,784 $97,692 $381,000
90 Mamaroneck 19,217 $102,138 $623,400
91 Secaucus 20,125 $114,821 $460,800
92 Pleasantville 7,221 $128,958 $628,500
93 Harrison 28,135 $123,030 $850,500
94 Ringwood 12,251 $125,476 $366,400
95 Wesley Hills 5,885 $124,487 $666,000
96 New Hempstead 5,385 $117,070 $514,400
97 Port Washington North 3,200 $114,808 $816,900
98 Caldwell 7,969 $96,806 $466,700
99 Great Neck 10,205 $100,766 $843,700
100 Rutherford 18,398 $101,473 $473,500

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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One thought on “The 10 Worst Yonkers Suburbs For 2021

  1. Yonkers is a city in New York. Harrison, White Plains, and other places listed here are cities in Westchester County. These places are not “Yonkers Suburbs”.

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