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.
- Staten Island Schools:
- 77 Public Schools serving 62,382 students
- 53 Private Schools, serving 15,583 students
- Universities and Colleges located in Staten Island:
Local Radio Stations:
- WSIA (88.9 FM) College
- WPLJ (95.5 FM) Today’s Best
- WHTZ (100.3 FM) Top 40
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:
- Become inspired at the many art galleries, featuring the works of local and world renowned artists; Staten Island Arts, Alice Austen House, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, Noble Maritime Collection, and The Staten Island Museum. There are also many independent galleries throughout Staten Island.
- Enjoy all that the performing arts community has to offer with the Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble, Richmond Choral Society, Richmond County Orchestra, South Shore Band, Staten Island Philharmonic, and Viva Voce Chamber Ensemble.
- Broadway talent can be found at Harbor Lights Theater Company, Riverside Opera Company, Sea View Playwright’s Theater, Staten Island Shakespeare Theatre Company, George Theatre, and Sundog Theatre.
- Learn about the diversity of the American experience from the colonial period to the present at Historic Richmond Town. The grounds feature NYC’s oldest continuously working family farm and two other historic sites – including one of the oldest original houses in the country. Many events are held on the grounds, including a Thanksgiving Kitchen Tour, NYC BBQ and Chili Cookoff, Father’s Day Focus Tour, and an Independence Day Celebration.
- Creativity and curiosity is welcomed at the Staten Island Children’s Museum, with exhibits and programs offered daily.
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