10 Safest Brooklyn Neighborhoods

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There are several things that people put into consideration when they are looking to move into a neighborhood, particularly if they have young children or are planning to have kids.

In the midst of all the considerations and priorities that people have, safety is always on the list, if not at the top of it.

It is therefore very understandable that you are looking for the safest neighborhoods, if you want to move into Brooklyn.

Best Brooklyn Neighborhoods

  • Boerum Hill
  • Borough Park
  • Kensington
  • Brooklyn Heights
  • Bay Ridge
  • Dyker Heights
  • Greenpoint
  • Park Slope
  • Williamsburg
  • Dumbo

Brooklyn is a really nice neighborhood to live in and more people move in there yearly. You will also be glad to know that crime rates are dropping across the borough, and as such there are nice safe areas that you can move into if safety is of a priority for you.

To come up with this list of the safest neighborhoods in Brooklyn, we put into consideration overall crime rates and violent crime rates. For the areas that made it to our list, crime rate is on average 32% below the national average and 27% below the city average, with violent crime rates even much lower.

That being said below is a list of the 10 safest neighborhoods in Brooklyn in no particular order.

1. Boerum Hill

Boerum Hill is a small residential area in the northwestern part of Brooklyn with a population of about 12,000 people. The name was gotten from the colonial era farm that belonged to the Boerum family.

It is a safe neighborhood and the homey and cozy feel that it gives makes it a very good choice for families. The two main thoroughfares in the area are Smith Street and Atlantic Avenue and these places are not as quiet as the rest of the residential streets in the neighborhood.

Although a small neighborhood, there are various restaurants, shops, boutiques, and galleries in the area.

If what you have in mind is a safe, relatively small, cozy and quiet neighborhood, then you should consider Boerum Hill.

2. Borough Park

Borough Park is a safe neighborhood located in the southwestern part of Brooklyn. There is no doubt that the area is a family-friendly neighborhood, otherwise it wouldn’t be dubbed the

Borough Park is a safe neighborhood located in the southwestern part of Brooklyn. There is no doubt that the area is a family-friendly neighborhood, otherwise it wouldn’t be dubbed the “baby boom capitol”; not just for the high birth rate in the area, but because the local hospital records more birth than any other hospital in New York.

There are restaurants, bakeries, stores, banks and other amenities that serve the people living in this neighborhood.

3. Kensington

Kensington is a safe and calm primarily residential neighborhood, situated south of Prospect Park. Its population is made up of people of people from different ethnicities, so there is this feeling of being a citizen of the world, if you choose to settle there.

Also, if you want a place that gives an old school feel, then Kensington is the neighborhood for you. Buildings types there include Pre-war brick apartments, brick row houses, as well as detached one family Victorians.

There is no missing the old school vibe that the neighborhood gives. Another highlight of being in this neighborhood is that you can have ample space which is in short supply in a lot of other neighborhoods.

4. Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Heights is a safe, family-friendly residential area that boasts of historic architecture, calm tree lined streets, parks, green spaces, serenity as well as wonderful waterfront and skyline views. If you have children that are still of school age you will be glad to know that the neighborhood has an amazing public and private school system.

The neighborhood spanning an area of about 0.320 square miles with a population of a little over 20,000, has a very low crime rate. So if safety is a priority for you in choosing a place to move to, you can go ahead and check the safety box in favor of Brooklyn heights.

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The architecture of the area is really impressive as it is a mix of Classical Revival, Romanesque, Victorian, Gothic, Greek Revival, amongst others.

5. Bay Ridge

Located in the southwest part of Brooklyn is Bay Ridge, another safe residential neighborhood that you can move into. Crime rate in the area is very low and it is very family friendly. There are great schools that you can enroll your children in as well as a lot of parks and green spaces.

You will also be glad to know that real estate in Bay Ridge is way cheaper than the average cost in the Borough. It very easy to commute to Manhattan from the neighborhood and the beautiful architecture that it boasts of is quite impressive.

6. Dyker Heights

Dyker Heights is a primarily residential neighborhood situated in the Southwest part of Brooklyn. If in addition to wanting to move to a safe neighborhood, you are also looking to have a spacious home with detached garage then you will love Dyker Heights.

We can’t forget to mention a very interesting fact about Dyker Heights and that is its famed Christmas holiday decorations, popularly known as “Dyker Heights Christmas Lights”.

7. Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Formerly an industrial area, Greenpoint has transformed into a residential neighborhood with very low crime rates. Here you get a feel of culture and tradition mixed with modern trends.

It is a place with a lot of restaurants, amazing polish food, eateries, bars, galleries, parks, coffee shops, vintage stores, historic buildings, waterfront views, boutiques, etc. There are indeed a lot of things to do in this neighborhood and make you feel at home.

8. Park Slope

Park Slope is one of the very safe neighborhoods with really low crime rates that one can move into in Brooklyn. It is very family friendly with a laid back vibe. You will love strolling on the sidewalks, and there are a lot of outdoor public spaces that one can go to for relaxation and to have a good time.

If you have children then you will be glad to know that Park slope has one of the best grade schools in the city.

There is no doubt that Park Slope is a beautiful neighborhood with lovely brownstone houses and historic rowhouses.

There are several attractions in the neighborhood such as the Brooklyn Museum, the Central Library, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, as well as various restaurants, bars, and shops that cater to the residents.

9. Williamsburg

The crime rate in Williamsburg keeps dropping and is a really nice neighborhood one can live in. It comprises of different districts including residential, commercial and manufacturing. The neighborhood has experienced an influx of young people and creatives and the street art is really impressive.

The night life scene of this area is really lively and you will no doubt enjoy the dance clubs and music halls. There are various restaurants, boutiques, cafes, bars, and shops in the neighborhood.

10. Dumbo, Brooklyn

Did you know that the name ‘Dumbo’ is an acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. Apart from being one of the safest neighborhoods in the borough, it is also one of the choicest and it is an area with a rich history.

Formerly a manufacturing district, it has transformed to a residential and commercial district, attracting a lot of visitors and tourists each year.

There are live music festivals, Art exhibitions, restaurants, boutiques, book shops, cafes, bars, lounges, etc. that the neighborhood boasts of.

Warehouse buildings that dated as far back as the 19th and 20th century converted into amazing residencies are a common sight. We should point out at this juncture that real estate in the neighborhood is on the high side.

Is Brooklyn Rich or Poor?

Statistics has it that one in five Brooklyn households has an average income of more than $100,000 annually, while one in five households gets food stamp benefits. Also, Brooklyn has the most number of children living in poverty in NYC.

Why Brooklyn Is Famous?

Brooklyn boasts of some impressive attractions that has made the area quite famous. Examples of these attractions include Prospect Park,the Brooklyn Bridge, as well as Coney Island.

Brooklyn is also the place where you can be sure of getting some of the most delicious and excellently prepared Pizza in New York.

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