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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 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.
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.
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
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $41,647 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.1% (15th highest)
Median Home Value: $98,800 (lowest)
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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 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.
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)
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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.
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
- North Hills
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Detailed List Of The Worst Yonkers Suburbs
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