Population density 37,900 people per square mile

Number of schools 38

Cost of living index 170

Life expectancy 82 years

Livability score 77 extremely livable

Median Age: 35         

Overall Safety Rank 19

General Information

Moving To Astoria
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The northern Queens neighborhood is a safe and lively place with amazing Greek and Italian cuisine and culture. Every day more and more people move to this friendly neighborhood with diverse and interesting people. Moving to Astoria, you will always have great dining options, as well as lots of places to take your kids to. The area also has great public and private schools. But not only families with kids choose this place. Young professionals also move to Astoria every day. Being close to Manhattan, Astoria offers urban atmosphere combined with lots of greenery.

Despite the fact that the neighborhood is mostly residential, it also offers some pleasant shopping experience. Astoria’s main shopping areas include 30th Avenue, Steinway, Broadway, and Ditmars. Check out Lockwood with its décor items, as well as Loveday31 that offers vintage clothing and jewelry.

Going Out

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Named for millionaire merchant John Jacob Astor, the cozy neighborhood is home to 60 acres of Astoria Park standing on the East River with Manhattan views and a huge pool, as well as Athens Square Park, Socrates Sculpture Park, The Museum of the Moving Image, The Noguchi Museum.  We should also mention the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden, which is the grandfather of all beer gardens in NYC. The neighborhood’s festivals attract thousands of people very year. They include the Astoria Chicken Festival, the New York City Musical Saw Festival, and the Queens International Film Festival.

Being the gem of Greek and Italian cultures, Astoria will amuse your senses in the best way.  But the neighborhood offers a wide range of cuisines from almost all over the world. There are lots of bars and restaurants in the nabe: The Astor Room, Taverna Kyclades, Kabab Café, The Queens Kikshaw, Zenon Taverna, and Elias Corner, Astoria Beer & Brew, and many others.

Rental Market

Moving To Astoria
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Astoria has quite a large housing stock. That’s why you will have a wide range of building types when looking for rental or sale options. Unfortunately, most of them are not the beautiful brownstones available in Manhattan. The good news is that the median rent here is $2,100.

Moving to Astoria, you will be able to find one-bedroom apartments starting from $1,800 per month, and Studios rise from $1,800 as well. There are a few Studios available on the market,  that’s why the price isn’t low. Rental prices for two-bedroom apartments for families are usually around $2,400.


Moving to Astoria, you will have a convenient commute to Manhattan by the N and Q trains within 30 minutes. The M, N, Q, and R trains run through the neighborhood, allowing the commute to Midtown within 15 minutes. 18, 19, 19A, 101, 102, 103, and 104 buses run through Astoria.

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