Life Quality Index (LQI)

You want to know what is the best place to live. With the Life Quality Index, or LQI, we make it a lot easier to decide which place is better to live.

The LQI is calculated by combining all our data on transportation, safety, health, affordability, entertainment, demographics, leisure and other essentials for everyday life. All our data comes from very reliable sources, like the MTA, NYPD, Google, Socrata, Foursquare and the U.S. Census to offer you the best information to find the right place to live.

279 West 22nd Street, 10011, Manhattan, New York City

Official statistics

98 / Good


You want to be free to go wherever you want, when you want. So in our LQI we use all the available data on public transport, taxi services, parking places and the distance to the city center or the next borough when calculating the livability of a place.

68 / Average

Daily Life

Life is all about the small things, so if you have everything you need nearby, then that is a great plus! When we calculate the Daily Life for the LQI, we take everything into account. Ranging from the distance to the nearest convenience stores and places of worship to Wi-Fi Hotspots and financial services.

99 / Good


You want to feel safe in your new home, so in the LQI you will be able to find all our data on crime levels and the nearest police and fire stations for that particular place.

30 / Poor


Health is important to us all. In the LQI we include everything related to your well-being: the proximity to health and medical facilities, but also pollution levels, the proximity you live to busy truck routes or factories, and even the number of noise complaints.

98 / Good

Sports and Leisure

When you have time off, you want to relax and have fun. So the closer to sport facilities, beauty salons and spas, running tracks and interesting places, the better.

99 / Good


Let’s face it, what would life be without restaurants, bars, cafes, museums and other entertainment venues? That’s why we include it in our LQI.

91 / Good


We use data on demographics to calculate our Life Quality Index. We all want to feel welcome in our community and at home in our neighborhood. Things like average income, education levels, and poverty index are all taken into account to create the LQI.

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Leila Shams 3 years ago
The patio is infested with rats. Also suffered through a mouse infestation, roach riddled kitchen and a major gas leak from the fireplace. Landlord could not be worst. Not reachable by cell phone or email, only answering machine. Entrance always filthy with huge piles of garbage a few stairs from the apartment. Landlord was furious with me for calling con Ed when I smelled gas with an infant in the house. Leak was major, Con Ed shut the gas off for weeks. But the worst was the rats. I duck taped the entire floor of the patio and hung wire mesh on the walls but couldn't beat them. Landlord said it was our fault. I have nightmares thinking about the 3 years I lived there and all the money i spent to live like that. And of course I didn't get my deposit back. It is spacious though!
Comments about houses in the neighborhood
4 years ago
I lived at 228 West 17th Street several years ago with my ex-partner. The apartment was nice enough, the rent was a bargain at $1100/mo for a cozy 1 bedroom. The other residents of the building were another story altogether. They were a nasty, self serving clique that were able to manipulate the NYC HPD into tuning their TIL status into a private club, that eventually resulted in my partners eviction, in order to clear space for their friends and family to buy in to the co-op at rock bottom, below market prices.
West 17th Street 228, Manhattan
MH 4 years ago
There is an illegal nightclub operating with no soundproofing in this building for years. I don't know why they're allowed to do it.
West 25th Street 207, Manhattan
D3 years ago
I lived here for 11 years before new owners forced everyone to leave in order to attract wealthier tenants. It was a great place to live where we all knew each other and got along well. The noise on the front side of the building was somewhat of an issue but the back side was very quiet with a lush garden. The stairwells and hallways were pretty filthy but we kept our apartment very clean. At night we would always hear mice scampering through the walls. The location was top-notch though, with access to all the main train lines on 23rd street. The beautiful Chelsea Piers park was just a few blocks west, and the overrated high-line a block away. The most beautiful blocks of the neighborhood were just south of us, and were quite enjoyable to stroll on a sunny morning with birds singing among tree-lined streets. Over the years, most of the affordable restaurants closed and were replaced by laundromats, banks, or simply left vacant in hopes of a new bank or Starbucks swooping in. A once young and artsy neighborhood has now been replaced by an affected preppy crowd as the neighborhood slowly converts to a commercial center.
West 23rd Street 416, Manhattan
Jim Starboard3 years ago
Nightmare never ending construction by new slumlord owners. Avoid with every possible cell in your body. Slumlord construction projects going on for the past YEAR. Check 311.
West 19th Street 250, Manhattan

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