Staten Island

Looking to move to the Empire State? Consider choosing Staten Island, the least populated of the New York City boroughs. Its population to size ratio, vast greenspace, waterfronts, and extremely close proximity to Manhattan and the rest of NYC gives this area a unique suburb feel, allowing residents to enjoy the best of both worlds. Learn more about life in Staten Island, including local schools, weather, and things to do and see.

Year Founded: 1661

Population as of 2015: 474,558

Land Area (sq. miles): 58.5

Median Age: 38.4

Median Household Income: $71,966

Median Home Price: $440,000

Annual Weather Averages:

  • High Temperature: 85 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Low Temperature: 23 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Rainfall: 43 inches
  • Snowfall: 24 inches

Notable Employment Facts: Health services and social assistance is the largest sector in the Staten Island economy, with retail trade being second largest and food services being the third.

Major Employers: Staten Island University Hospital and Richmond University Medical Center.

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Local Radio Stations:

  • WSIA (88.9 FM) College
  • WPLJ (95.5 FM) Today’s Best
  • WHTZ (100.3 FM) Top 40

Public Transit: Transportation is operated by the MTA with railroad and bus services. The Staten Island Ferry runs daily to and from Manhattan and is free for foot passengers.

170 Parks and Recreation Sites on 12,300 acres:

  • Willowbrook Park is one of Staten Island’s most popular parks, featuring; barbecuing areas, baseball fields, tennis courts, restrooms, playgrounds, hiking trails, and dog-friendly areas. However, one of the park’s most unique features is the Carousel for All Children, a handicap-accessible merry-go-round.
  • Miller Field National Park was named after Captain James Ely Miller, the first American aviator killed in combat in France during World War I. Today, it is used by over 80 leagues and 2,000 teams for its sports facilities strewn across over 187 acres of land. It is also known for its Swamp White Oak Forest, where visitors can see a wide variety of birds.
  • Seaside Wildlife Nature Park, commonly referred to “Pirate Park”, is a waterfront park featuring a nautical-themed playground and 20 acres of wilderness.
  • Great Kills Park, part of Gateway National Recreation Area offers 580 acres of open space for visitors to enjoy amenities such as; exploring wildlife, hiking, biking, running, and swimming. The park is most known for its ecological resources, as it’s home to the only osprey nesting site on Staten Island.
  • Clove Lakes Park is home to Staten Island’s largest living thing, a 174 foot tall tulip tree that is over 300 years old. The park is enjoyed by visitors all year long with many seasonal amenities, such as; barbecuing areas, eateries, basketball courts, fitness paths and equipment, football, soccer, and baseball fields, hiking trails, paddleboat rentals, fishing, spray showers, playgrounds, ice skating rinks, and dog-friendly areas.

Rich and Vibrant Arts and Culture:

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