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What are the Poorest Neighborhoods in New York City?

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We recently reviewed the most dangerous areas in New York City, highlighting the top 5. But have you ever thought of the most income-insecure area in NYC?

We all know areas like Tribeca, Soho, Upper East Side, and others when it comes to wealth. They are portrayed in countless movies and TV shows, including the famous "Sex and the City" series. However, we don't always stop to think about low-income individuals' lives.

Let's take a look at NYC's statistics and determine which areas are suffering the most regarding poverty.

The Overall Poverty Rate in New York

In 2019, the poverty rate in the Big Apple was at 13%, the lowest rate in the last 20 years. It was at 13.6% in 2008, but due to the economic crisis of 2008, the numbers went up in the next few years and finally stabilized in 2019.

So, What are the Poorest Neighborhoods?

According to's Poverty Report, the highest poverty rates are reported in East Harlem, South West Bronx and Central West Bronx. In those areas, poverty stands at 35-40%

The New York metropolitan area is divided into 51 districts, and the following 5 are considered the poorest ones according to statistics:

  • District 16: West Bronx, Morrisania, Highbridge and Melrose.
  • District 17: Melrose, Longwood, Hunts Point, Morrisania and Crotona Park East.
  • District 15: Fordham, Bathgate, Bronxdale, Van Nest and Mount Hope.
  • District 8: El Barrio/East Harlem and South Bronx.
  • District 14: Fordham, Kingsbridge, Morris Heights and West Bronx.

What is the Solution?

The Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness (not sponsored), a non-profit organization, provides insight into the social and economic issues in the United States, as long as useful resources to fight this issue. We may not solve the poverty issue right away, but acknowledging the struggling population and supporting them should be everyone's goal.

Do you know someone who experiences poverty? Listen to what they have to say, start a conversation and acknowledge the issues in your city and community. We should be a part of the solution.

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