If you live in New York City there is one thing you know best — whether on the street, subway or even at home — the Big Apple is crowded.
A recent report by StreetEasy, takes a look at which neighborhoods have the largest amount of crowded apartments and also how high rents play a large role in overcrowding continuing to increase throughout the city.
The report used data released by City Comptroller Scott Stringer last year, which shows that New York City has more than 270,000 crowded homes and saw a proportion of severely crowded dwellings increase by 44.8 percent between 2005 and 2013.
Based on information for the 2013 Census, 8.9 percent of all city households met the definition of being crowded — compared to just 3.3 in the nation, according to StreetEasy.
Out of the five boroughs, the Bronx held the highest percentage of crowded households with 12.4 percent and was followed by Brooklyn with 10.3 percent and Queens with 9.4 percent.
Homes in Manhattan and Staten Island saw 5.4 percent and 3.4 percent, respectively.
Through looking at crowding rates per neighborhood, the report showed that the areas with the most crowded neighborhoods were in the south Bronx, central Queens and south Brooklyn.
Even with the Bronx being the borough with the largest amount of crowded households, Queens made the top of the list when it came to having the most neighborhoods with the highest crowding rates, according to StreetEasy.
Neighborhoods such as Corona, East Elmhurst and Jackson Heights each saw a crowding rate over 20 percent — landing them the title of the most over crowded neighborhoods in the whole city for 2013. These areas are also the ones that have the highest percentage of immigrants in the city, with 64 percent of residents of Elmhurst and Corona being immigrants and 62 percent in Jackson Heights, according to Stringer’s report.
In Brooklyn’s case, the borough is the location that has recently seen some of the highest increases in crowding. Five of the top 10 neighborhoods with the highest growth in crowding rates are located in Brooklyn — with Kingsbridge seeing a 6.1 percent change in three years.
Based on the report, the crowding in the city is fueled by the constant struggle of having to pay for rent that continues to rise.
According to StreetEasy, in 2016 the typical household in the city will have to spend 65.4 percent of its annual income on median asking rent — increasing from the 58.4 percent the previous year. This has led to many New Yorkers trying to look for multiple roommates just to be able to pay for rent.
And although the median rent is expected to grow by 3.2 percent in 2016, the median household income is only expected to go up by 0.7 percent.