16 Maps That'll Change How You See New York City

03/23/2015 01:11 pm ET | Updated Mar 23, 2015

With such a large and diverse population spread across so many dynamic neighborhoods, it can be hard to get a sense of what New York City is actually like. This series of maps might give you a better idea.

The maps show the differences between New York City neighborhoods across a number of factors, including income, unemployment and even noise pollution. The maps were produced by, a website that provides hyper-local information on urban neighborhoods. used data from a variety of sources, including its own analysis U.S. Census data.

Without further ado, here are 16 maps that will change how you look at New York City:


Everyone knows that New Yorkers pay high rents. The citywide monthly average is $1,328, according to the U.S. Census. Here's who pays more and who pays less:

rent nyc


If the 441,885 unemployed people in New York City had jobs, they would earn nearly $25 billion, calculated using U.S. Census data.


Marital Status

Staten Island is where you probably live if you're married. Manhattan is for singles.


New Yorkers' total income each year is $496 billion, according to the U.S. Census.

income nyc


Outer boroughs have a high concentration of mortgages.

mortage nyc

Noise Pollution

Seven out of the 10 top noise locations are on Flatbush Ave in Brooklyn, according to data from Socrata, a site specializing in displaying government data in easy-to-view formats.

noise nyc


High rates of pickpocketing and grand larceny make up most of the reported crime in Manhattan, according to data from the New York City Police Department.

crime nyc

Air Quality

Brooklyn and Staten Island have some of the lowest air quality during the day, according to Breezometer.

air quality nyc


There are almost as many New York City citizens with a higher-education degree (1.75 million) as there are people living in Nebraska (1.86 million), according to U.S. Census data.

education nyc


The distribution of ethnicities was determined using U.S. Census data.

ethnicity nyc

Home Heating

The vast majority of home heating in New York City is utility gas.

home heating nyc

Internet Speed

internet speed nyc

Life Quality calculated its quality of life index using more than 100 data sources.

life quality nyc

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