Are you considering moving to Queens, New York? Queens was ranked as the most diverse borough in New York City, which ranked as one of the top 10 multicultural cities in the world. Learn more about life in Queens, including local schools, weather, and things to do and see.
Year Founded: 1683
Population as of 2015: 2,339,150
Land Area (sq. miles): 108.1
Median Age: 38
Median Household Income: $57,210
Median Home Price: $452,304
Annual Weather Averages:
- Average Temperature: 1 degrees
- Rainfall: 2 inches
- Snowfall: 9 inches
Notable Employment Facts: Queens has the second-largest and most diversified economy of the five boroughs that make up New York City, with a high concentration of export-oriented jobs.
Major Employers: New York City’s major employers are American Airlines, Columbia University,
JPMorgan Chase, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital,
Mount Sinai Hospital, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Nielsen Company, Northwell Health, Inc., and Verizon.
- Queens County Schools:
- 355 public schools serving 281,323 students
- 91 high schools, serving 83,506 students
- 84 middle schools, serving 61,477 students
- 234 elementary schools, serving 161,986 students
- 135 pre-K schools, serving 90,550 students
- 12 charter schools, serving 4,928 students
- 212 private schools, serving 50,177 students
- 355 public schools serving 281,323 students
- Universities and Colleges:
Major City: Queens is a borough of New York City, with 3 million residents in its borders.
Local Radio Stations:
- WLTW (106.7 FM)
- Z-100 (100.3 FM)
- WKTU (103.5 FM)
- WCBS (101.1 FM)
- WQHT (97.1 FM)
Public Transit: Roughly 64% of Queens County households own a car, making public transportation vital: 81 subway stations, 22 Long Island Railroad (LIRR) stations and more than 100 local routes courtesy of the MTA. For travel farther afield, Queens is also home to John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport, with public transit service available to both.
Hundreds of parks and other recreational areas:
- Bayswater Park features a playground, basketball, handball and tennis courts, baseball fields, dog-friendly sections, and kayak and canoe launch sites. Elmhurst Park, which was sold to the City of New York for $1, offers jogging paths, sculptures, an energy-themed playground and an underground retention system that collects storm water to reduce the strain on area sewer pipes. Astoria Park, home to the oldest and largest pool in the city, also has tennis courts, a track, a bandstand, trails, playgrounds, basketball courts and a shoreline view. On the waterfront is Hunter’s Point South Park, where you’ll find a playground, dog run, bike path, waterside promenade, basketball court, and a 13,000-square-foot pavilion with concessions and a café. Alley Pond Park has unique natural features, like freshwater and saltwater wetlands, tidal flats, meadows, and forests, as well as being home to New York City’s first—and the largest in the Northeast—public ropes adventure course. Juniper Valley Park is where you can play shuffleboard and boccie ball in addition to traditional athletics, and features dog-friendly areas, fitness paths and equipment, running tracks, eateries and a roller hockey section.
- If you’re more interested in golf swings than playground swings, there are eight places to golf in Queens: Alley Pond Golf Center, Clearview Park Golf Course, Douglaston Golf Course, Flushing Meadows Corona Park Golf Center, Forest Park Golf Course, Golden Bear, Kissena Golf Course, and Pitch and Putt (Flushing Meadows Corona Park).
Rich and Vibrant Arts and Culture:
- Sports-enthusiasts will find plenty to cheer for in Queens. Queens is home to Citi Field, home of the New York Mets; the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, the venue of the U.S. Open; and the Aqueduct Racetrack.
- Those seeking to enjoy the arts in Queens have many options to choose from. MoMA PS1, an affiliate of the main MoMA in Midtown Manhattan, is an exhibition space devoted to displaying the most experimental art in the world. The Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria presents exhibitions, education programs, screenings, significant moving-image works and interpretive programs, and collects and preserves moving-image related artifacts from movies, TV and, now, the Internet.
- History buffs will appreciate The Bowne House, the best-preserved example of Anglo-Dutch residential architecture in the country and the King Manor Museum, a historic house museum that preserves and interprets the home and legacy of Rufus King, a prominent statesman during the birth of the United States.
- Those looking to connect with nature will find it in the Queens Botanical Garden, an urban oasis with inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs and environmental sustainability. More interested in animals than plants? The Queens Zoo features an animal trail, seal lion pool, aviary, waterfowl marsh and domestic animals. You can also get a hands-on introduction to conservation on a Conservation Quest, learn why it’s important to protect the environment on a Zoo Quest, and watch a sea lion feeding.
- Get fresh produce and other local items at one of Queens’ many seasonal farmers markets, and spend the off-season visiting the year-round Forest Hills, Jackson Heights and Sunnyside farmers markets.
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