Is Queens, NY Safe To Visit? Everything You Need To Know (Stats, Maps And Tips)


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Queens is the largest borough in New York City. It is approximately 109 square miles with a population of over 2.4 million residents. If Queens were its own city, it would be the 4th most populous city in the United States.

Although it doesn’t get as much attention as Brooklyn or Manhattan, there is a seemingly endless amount of wonderful things to experience here.

If you are thinking about visiting Queens and have some qualms about the safety of the area, we got you covered!

We are going to deep dive into the statistics, look at some maps and talk to the residents of the city to give you a better understanding of how safe the city really is.

(Check out our full write up about the safety of New York City)

Is Queens Safe?

Looking at the crime statistics, Queens is a very safe place to visit. It is one of the safest cities in the United States. In 2020, Queens had a violent crime rate of 298.07 per 100,000 people. Out of the 100 most populous cities in the United States, Queens’s violent crime rate ranked 84th. Chula Vista, Laredo and Boise all have similar crime rates as Queens.

Queens’s Crime Rate Map

Queens is patrolled by 15 precincts of the New York City Police Department. Here’s a table showing you the precincts and their crime rates.

Precinct Area Crime Rate Per 1000 residents
100th Precinct Arverne, Belle Harbor, Breezy Point, Broad Channel, Neponsit, Rockaway Park, Rockaway Beach, and Roxbury 9.7051
101st Precinct Far Rockaway and Bayswater 10.6613
102nd Precinct Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill East, Richmond Hill, Woodhaven, and the northern part of Ozone Park 6.8439
103rd Precinct Jamaica Business District, Hollis Park Gardens, Hollis, Lakewood, and Jamaica. 15.6801
104th Precinct Ridgewood, Glendale, Middle Village, and Maspeth. 9.3307
105th Precinct Queens Village, Cambria Heights, Laurelton, Rosedale, Springfield Gardens, Bellerose, Glen Oaks, New Hyde Park, and Floral Park 9.1922
106th Precinct Ozone Park, South Ozone Park, Lindenwood, Howard Beach, and Old Howard Beach. 11.0421
107th Precinct Fresh Meadows, Cunningham Heights, and Hilltop Village. 7.9877
108th Precinct Long Island City, Sunnyside, and Woodside. 9.4163
109th Precinct Downtown Flushing, East Flushing, Queensboro Hill, College Point, Malba, Whitestone, Beechhurst, and Bay Terrace. 7.9522
110th Precinct Roosevelt Avenue, Broadway, and Queens Blvd. 8.5788
111th Precinct Bayside, Douglaston, Little Neck, Auburndale, Hollis Hills, and Fresh Meadows. 6.7164
112th Precinct Forest Hills and Rego Park 5.3895
113th Precinct St. Albans, Hollis, Springfield Gardens, South Ozone Park, South Jamaica, Addisleigh Park, and Locust Manor. 11.2043
114th Precinct Astoria, Long Island City, Woodside, and Jackson Heights. 8.8578
115th Precinct Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst, and North Corona. The precinct patrol responsibilities also include LaGuardia Airport. 8.5502

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*NYC Crime Map

The Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Queens

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South Jamaica – is one of the roughest overall neighborhoods in Queens.

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Rochdale – located in the southeastern part of Queens. Rochdale is a small area comprised of apartments and projects.

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South Ozone Park – is a neighborhood in the southwestern section of Queens.

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Far Rockaway – is a neighborhood on the eastern part of Queens.

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St. Albans – is a neighborhood in the southeastern portion of Queens.

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Hollis – is a neighborhood located in the southeastern section of Queens.

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Queensbridge – is a public housing project in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens.

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Corona – is a neighborhood in the northwestern part of Queens.

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Queens’s Population

The population for the Queens in 2020 is 2,405,464.

Queens Crime Stats

Here’s a breakdown of all the crimes in Queens for 2020. We also included the crimes stats 1990 and 2001 to give you some perspective on how crime has evolved in Queens over the years:

1990

2001

2020

1990 vs 2020

Murder

312

88

78

-75.00%

Rape

559

353

309

-44.72%

Robbery

18,135

5,830

2,539

-86.00%

Felony Assault

6,933

4,136

4,244

-38.79%

Burglary

29,430

8,401

3,225

-89.04%

Grand Larceny

19,470

9,025

7,312

-62.44%

Grand Larceny Auto

50,267

10,422

2,484

-95.06%

TOTAL

125,106

38,255

20,191

-83.86%

Looking at the chart, you can see that crime in Queens has significantly decreased over a 30 year time period. Total crime has decreased 83.86% from 1990!

*All data is from the NYPD CompStat

Queens Crime Rate

In 2020 Queens reported 7170 violent crimes and had a violent crime rate of 298.07 per 100,000 people. The national average for violent crime is 366.7 per 100,000 residents. Queens’s violent crime rate is 18% lower than the national average.

In 1990 queens reported 25,939 violent crimes and had a violent crime rate of 1,329.11 per 100,000 people.

Queens’ violent crime rate has decreased 77.5% in the 30 year time frame.

**Violent crimes include; homicides, rape, robbery and aggravated assaults and the violent crime rate is calculated by dividing the number of reported crimes by the total population; the result is multiplied by 100,000.

Queens Murder Stats

In 2020 Queens reported 78 homicides, which gives it a murder rate of 3.24 per 100,000 residents. The national murder rate is 5 per 100,000 people. Queens’s murder rate is 35% less than the national average.

Queens vs The Other New York Boroughs

Of all the 5 boroughs, Queens had the second lowest violent crime rate.

City

Population

Number of violent crimes in 2020

Rate per 100,000 people

The Bronx

1,472,654

9,766

663.15

Manhattan

1,694,251

7,081

417.94

Brooklyn

2,736,074

10,619

388.11

Queens

2,405,464

7,170

298.07

Staten Island

495,747

913

184.16

Queens vs The Most Dangerous Cities In The United States

Here’s a list of the top 10 most dangerous cities in the United States ranked by violent crime rate. It can give you some perspective on Queens’s violent crime rate, which is 298.07 per 100,000 people.

Queens’s violent crime rate is 8.1 times LESS than Memphis, the most dangerous city on the list.

City Population Number of violent crimes in 2020 Rate per 100,000 people
Memphis 633,104 15,310 2,418.24
Detroit 639,111 14,370 2,248.44
Baltimore 2,707,064 9,273 2,027.01
St. Louis 301,578 6,017 1,995.17
Little Rock 202,591 3,657 1,805.11
South Bend 103,453 1,765 1,706.09
Cleveland 372,624 6,281 1,685.61
Milwaukee 577,222 9,407 1,629.70
Kansas City 508,090 7,919 1,558.58
Lansing 112,644 1,699 1,508.29
Springfield 169,176 2,545 1,504.35

*All data is from the 2019 FBI Crime Stats Report**

What do residents of Queens say about its safety

  1. "Queens overall is pretty safe, but the worst areas are in Jamaica though."
  2. "Jamaica is not a safe are. Maybe there are pockets of good areas, but the majority is dicey. The area is full of scammers and thieves."
  3. "Queens covers a huge area, its about double the size of San Francisco, so there will be good and bad parts, but Queens is generally safe."
  4. "I’ve lived in Queens for the most of my life and I can confidently say that most of it is safe."

Is Queens safe at night?

Queens is safe at night if you avoid going into the neighborhoods mentioned above.

Is it safe to visit alone?

Queens is a safe place to visit alone. You can mitigate your chances of becoming a victim if you learn the layout of the city, avoid the sketchy areas and follow the safety tips posted below.

Tips To Stay Safe In Queens

  • Learn the layout of the city. Learn which areas are safe and which are dangerous.
  • Avoid walking through desolate or deserted blocks in unfamiliar neighborhoods.
  • If you suspect that you are being followed, stay away from deserted blocks and head for a populated area or go into the nearest store.
  • Never carry your wallet in your back pocket. It is the easiest place for pick pockets to access.
  • Don’t leave valuables in plain sight in your car.
  • Don’t wear flashy jewelry, even if it’s fake.
  • Ignore panhandlers or anyone trying to stop you on the street.
  • Don’t engage with or make eye contact with mentally ill homeless people. Just keep walking.

Driving tour of Queens:

Final Thoughts

Queens is a very safe place to visit. It’s crime stats are low and many residents agree that Queens is a very safe place to visit.

There are only a few problems areas that you should avoid going at night: South Jamaica, Far Rockaway, St. Albans, Queensbridge, Hollis, Rochdale, South Ozone Park and Corona.

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Mariska Lee

Mariska is a recovering attorney who gave up her professional job to discover new perspectives of life while traveling in a 2009 Ford Transit. She has been living the van life for 3 years and has not looked back since.

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