In a recent citywide survey the Municipal Arts Society reveals that New Yorkers overwhelmingly rate Queens as being the best borough to raise one’s family in. According to survey results, when asked which borough seemed most family-friendly, Queens came out first with 31% of votes, closely followed by Brooklyn at 26%; the Bronx was rated as being least family-friendly at 6%.
Another survey result shows Queens coming out on top again, with 82% of Queens residents believing that their neighborhoods were good places to raise children in. In terms of schooling, Staten Island residents turned out being the most satisfied with their neighborhood schools at 79%. Both Queens and Bronx residents were tied at 63% when it came to how satisfied they were over their local schools. Manhattanites came out as being least satisfied about their neighborhood schools at 56%.
With regard to parks and green spaces, only 17% of Queens residents believed that their neighborhoods had an adequate number of parks and green spaces. Meanwhile both Manhattanites at 38% and Staten Islanders at 31% were most satisfied with their neighborhoods’ parks and green spaces. Surprisingly enough however, 46% of Queens residents revealed that they would prefer to have more new housing, shopping and business districts developed in their neighborhoods instead of public green spaces.
When it comes to rating libraries, nearly 7 out of 10 Manhattanites rate their libraries as being good or excellent, while 4 out of 10 Bronx residents rate them as being fair or poor. While no specific mention is made about what rating Queens residents give their libraries, the survey reveals that the majority of New Yorkers at 64% gave high ratings to their neigbhorhood public libraries. Finally Queens residents came out being most optimistic about their borough’s future at 79%, followed by the Bronx at 78%, both Brooklyn and Manhattan at 77%, and Staten Island at 68%.
It comes as no surprise that Queens is rated as being the most family-friendly borough in NYC. Families in Woodside, Queens for example enjoy a number of amenities including several parks and green spaces, family-friendly events always going on at the local public libraries, and special neighborhood schools among other things. The only improvement worth making in Woodside, according to this Examiner, is the development of more public green spaces. There’s a bit too much concrete infrastructure from all the subways (E, F, M, R, 7 lines), roads (Queens Blvd.) and railways (LIRR) around here so a bit of greenery could help beautify the place!
Conducted by the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, this survey was taken from Sept. 14-18, 2011. It involved making phone calls to 1,024 New Yorkers aged 18 and older. Residents were selected so as to ensure that each borough was adequately represented in proportion to its population. Results are statistically significant with a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percentage points.
Here’s the link for viewing the survey in greater detail: The MAS Survey on Livability.