by Laura Matiz
Last week I ran across PlaceILive.com and their Life Quality Index. I was intrigued by their safety/crime map (see screenshot), especially having read recent media coverage about New York City continuing to be one of the safest cities in the country. As a lifelong New Yorker, seeing the crime rate drop the way it has is something I proudly recite to out-of-town visitors, while gently warning them that NYC is still a big city and to stay aware.
In terms of real estate value, few things matter more than crime rate and safety. The lower crime rate in New York has been a major factor in the tremendous growth in real estate value over the last decade. The Life Quality Index as shown on the PlaceILive.com map includes many other factors as shown in the image. Manhattan's Life Quality Index is currently at 62, although many neighborhoods reach into the 90s.
Give NewYork.PlaceILive.com maps a try. The many data mappings are fun to explore at a macro level and at a micro level focusing on distinct areas and neighborhoods.
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