How Far is Your NYC Neighborhood from Economic Opportunity?

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In a city of well over 8 million people, it’s likely you could find someone who doesn’t think the local government needs to worry about creating affordable housing. The most intense local debate, however, is among people who all agree that protecting and building affordable housing is a primary duty of the mayor and Council, but clash strongly over whether it’s more important to build a lot of housing for a range of income groups or focus public resources on the more pressing and more expensive task of building for families with the fewest options and resources.

It’s an argument about principles and priorities. But it reflects a basic mathematical truth: There are limits to what the city can do to close the gap between the cost of housing and what people can afford. In the end, it will take more than housing programs to narrow that gap enough to create a city where people at the lower end of the income ladder have a real foothold.

No surprise: Economic opportunity differs by neighborhood. But the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD) is out with its annual assessment of just how the degree of opportunity, and its contours, differ from the top of the Bronx to Tottenville. The ranking looks not just at housing pressures like the share of households considered rent-burdened but also at factors like incarceration, commuting time and Internet access.

As was the case last year, residents in three Bronx neighborhoods—Highbridge, Fordham and Mott Haven—face the largest challenges of any community district in the city.

The higher the number below, the more challenges to opportunity ANHD found in each neighborhood. Read the full chart here and ANHD’s analysis here, and check out the 2015 report for comparison.

Community District Economic Opportunity Risk Rating
Highbridge / Concourse 71
Fordham / University Heights 68
Mott Haven / Melrose 67
Morrisania / Crotona 66
Bushwick 66
Parkchester / Soundview 65
Hunts Point / Longwood 64
Belmont/East Tremont 64
Kingsbridge Heights / Bedford 64
Bedford Stuyvesant 63
Brownsville 63
Sunset Park 60
Elmhurst / Corona 60
S. Crown Hts / Lefferts Gardens 59
Coney Island 58
East Harlem 58
Williamsbridge / Baychester 57
East New York / Starrett City 57
East Flatbush 56
Washington Heights / Inwood 56
Flatbush / Midwood 55
Jamaica / Hollis 55
Rockaway / Broad Channel 55
Crown Hts / Prospect Hts 54
Central Harlem 54
Bensonhurst 53
Jackson Heights 53
Morningside Heights / Hamilton 52
Morris Park / Bronxdale 51
Borough Park 51
Lower East Side / Chinatown 51
Kew Gardens / Woodhaven 50
Bay Ridge / Dyker Heights 47
Sheepshead Bay 47
S. Ozone Park / Howard Beach 47
St. George / Stapleton 47
Riverdale / Fieldston 46
Greenpoint / Williamsburg 46
Flushing / Whitestone 45
Astoria 42
Flatlands / Canarsie 41
Hillcrest / Fresh Meadows 41
Throgs Neck / Co-op City 40
Ridgewood / Maspeth 37
Fort Greene / Brooklyn Heights 36
Woodside / Sunnyside 36
South Beach / Willowbrook 35
Tottenville / Great Kills 34
Rego Park / Forest Hills 33
Park Slope / Carroll Gardens 32
Bayside / Little Neck 32
Queens Village 30
Clinton / Chelsea 29
Midtown 29
Upper West Side 29
Financial District 25
Upper East Side 24
Greenwich Village / Soho 22
Stuyvesant Town / Turtle Bay 22

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