4.3 out of 10


Ranked 50th best neighborhood in Queens
40.6989180332129 -73.7907132308776
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Public Transport
  • Medical Facilities
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Childcare
Not great for
  • Shopping Options
  • Nightlife
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students


3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"Diverse & affordable"

Jamaica covers quite a large area of Queens, and the quality of life really varies from section to section. There are extraordinarily expensive upscale homes in some areas while other areas are pretty dingy and not very safe. Throughout the area, there are lots of apartments, co-ops, and private homes on tree-lined streets. While it is predominantly African American, the population is diverse with a pretty good mix of Hispanic, Arab, Asian, and Caucasian residents. There isn't much in the way of shopping, other than some supermarkets and pharmacies, but there are more options in the towns nearby. It does have some great pizza places and delis - try Double J right next to the university for some awesome sandwiches. The main draw for people in Jamaica is the fact that it's the county seat and home to St. John's University. Many of the borough's courthouses and administrative buildings are in Jamaica. If you own a multi-family home, you can attract student tenants. Transportation options are pretty good, with access to the subway on Hillside Avenue and the LIRR station on Sutphin Boulevard. Residents can take buses to either station. There is a great park and a well equipped library.
  • Affordable
  • Diverse population
  • Diverse housing options
  • Boring - no nightlife
  • Bad reputation for safety
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Students

"Many museums and the hub for libraries"

Jamaica is a neighborhood in Queens that is surrounded by such communities as St. Albans, Hollis, Jamaica Estates, Jamaica Hills, Briarwood, Richmond Hill, South Ozone, and South Jamaica. The area was settled by the English under Dutch rule in 1656 in New Netherland.

The neighborhood serves as the county seat of Queens County and because of this is the location of courthouses and many administrative buildings for the County of Queens. Numerous county and agency jobs have developed as a result of Jamaica’s county seat. Jamaica is not the location of Queens Borough Hall, as some might suspect, which is located in neighboring Kew Gardens.

The area’s major commercial center is known as Jamaica Center. Jamaica Center includes the area around Jamaica Avenue and 165th Street. Here you will also find the Central Library of the Queens Borough Public Library.

There are several museums and learning centers located in Jamaica, including the King Manor Museum located on Jamaica Avenue between 150th and 153rd Streets. The King Manor Museum is a step back in time to the early 19th Century. It is a historic mansion within the 11 acre King Park and is the site for many local concerts and events.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

"Very diverse, even for NYC"

This is one of the most famous neighborhoods of the borough of Queens (the only other one probably being Flushing); it used to be a predominately African-American community, but now there are many West Indian immigrants (as well as Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Indians, Arabs, and Russians), all of which make this neighborhood extremely diverse. This is where the JFK Airport is located, so chances are that just about anyone who has ever lived or visited in the city has been to this neighborhood. It’s a pretty far distance into the city from here – at least an hour on the train (but probably more).

Best Streets in Jamaica


89th Ave

"Businesses at one end, residential at the other."
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Princeton St

"An Ivy League Street"
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90th Ave

"On 90th Avenue"
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Archer Ave

"Heavy industrial street running next to the railroad tracks in many places."
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Jamaica Ave

"Everything you need at great low prices! "
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Unranked Streets in Jamaica

108th Ave

"On 108th Avenue"
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109th Ave

"On 109th Avenue"
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110th Ave

"On 110th Avenue"
40.6938690097104 -73.7877715211504

138th Pl

"On 138th Place"
40.6995640143272 -73.8125487711386

143rd St

"Filled With Activity"
40.6974372393994 -73.8095335847555

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