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Income Inequality by NYC Subway Stop and Line

The New Yorker has an interesting interactive subway line and stop match to what the median income is near that stop.

I was living by the N, Q, R line a few blocks from Central Park and this is what the income looks like by my former stop:


It is really interesting if you have lived in NYC, or just are curious in general, what the income levels are based by their subway stop.

The richest ones are these subway lines with $205,192 at all of them:

  • Red Line (1) @ Chambers Street
  • Red Line (2) & (3) @ Park Place & Chambers Street
  • Blue Line (A) & (C) @ Chambers Street
  • Blue Line (E) @ World Trade Center


The poorest stop seems to be with $12,288 in income:

  • Grey Line (L) @ Sutter Avenue


Very cool.

Another thing I noticed is that anyone who lives in the range of Manhattan is (obviously) richer than those who are outside of Manhattan.

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  1. SarahN

    Not really related to this post, but do you read CupofJo? Great posts about parenting around the world, which may interest you. Turkey just made me say ‘wow’:

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      I’ll give it a read, thank you!

  2. Jess @ Best Credit Cards Canada

    This is totally fascinating. What an interesting way to look at income demographics in a city. It is sad to see such a huge discrepancy. Maybe, it’s like that in all big cities in North America?

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      I’d agree with that. Some stops in Toronto are in very pricey neighbourhoods like Yorkville..

  3. Abigail @ipickuppennies

    I guess that makes sense, but boy is it upsetting! I’m astounded that anyone can live anywhere near NYC on less than $13,000 a year. I know there’s government housing but…

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      I think it’s impossible.

  4. N'war

    This is so cool. I wonder if we got something similar for my country subway. Anyway it prove that subway is important aspect in a big city.

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      Tell that to Montreal 🙂 I hear we have a good subway system but I find it substandard compared to Toronto.


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