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Overview of Queens

Queens is the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world. Almost half of the residents here were born in another country. From 100 different nations, speaking 138 different languages, they all choose this welcoming section of Long Island. Having two of the busiest airports in the world here, John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia, might not hurt immigration any, either! Find your Queens apartment or rental with Rent.com®, and join the unparalleled diversity in this New York borough.

Living in Queens

Established in 1683, Queens is said to be named for Catherine of Braganza. The Portuguese princess married England's King Charles II and became queen at the time. The area remained under British control during the American Revolution. Until 1784, in fact, Queens was just five towns: Flushing, Hempsted, Jamaica, Newtown, and Oyster Bay. That changed over the next century. Queens became a borough of New York City in 1898. The Long Island Rail Road was electrified in 1908 and the Queensboro Bridge opened the following year. Transportation improved further, with tunnels and the subway coming online over the next decade. As the area became more accessible, the population of Queens more than doubled. Today, Queens is largest borough of New York City and the fourth most populated county in the United States. Residents here closely identify with their neighborhoods, which frequently take on ethnic personalities. Kew Gardens Hill, for example, is mostly Jewish. Rockaway Beach is Irish. Astoria has one of the world's largest Greek populations outside of Greece. In Flushing, residents are primarily Chinese and Korean. Fitting for its name, the Jamaica neighborhood is largely Caribbean and African American.

Work & Study in Queens

Queens has New York City's most diverse economy. Health care, retail, manufacturing, construction, transportation, and film & television production all compete to create the most jobs. If you're seeking an education, Queens College and three other City University of New York campuses are here. Among other options is Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology. Air travel is an important element of both Queens' economy and education.

Cost of Living in Queens

Queens remains one of the cheaper boroughs of New York City, along with the Bronx. You can find everything from high-density housing to large single-family homes here. What you choose, and where in the large borough it's located, will affect your cost of living. In general, two-bedroom apartments in Queens rent for around $2,500.

Queens Attractions & Entertainment

There's plenty to see and do in the borough of Queens. For starters, head to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, home of the New York Mets and host of the US Open Tennis Tournament. Two world fairs went down here as well. For film buffs, Kaufman Astoria Studios is where films like The Wiz were shot. Silvercup Studios produces movies and TV shows too, such as 30 Rock and Fringe. You can also check out the New York Hall of Science or gawk at graffiti art exhibits at places like 5 Pointz, all in Queens.

Queens Special Events

Many of the seasonal events that keep Queens moving are ethnic. You can show spirit at the Colombian Independence Day Festival or at Dragon Boat Races. The Queens County Fair is one of many community events hosted by the Queens County Farm Museum. There's the US Open every Labor Day and, if you're lucky, maybe the Mets will make the playoffs, too!

If you're seeking a Queens apartment, Rent.com® can assist. Let us help you get settled in the perfect rental.

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Brooklyn, NY 11211

$2,650 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Brooklyn, NY (Northern Brooklyn, Williamsburg)


$2,650 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
16

Brooklyn, NY 11211

$2,700 and up

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

Brooklyn, NY (Northern Brooklyn, Williamsburg)


$2,700 and up

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath
25

Great Neck, NY 11023

$2,725 and up

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Great Neck, NY (Great Neck)


$2,725 and up

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
29

North Bergen, NJ 07047

$2,395 and up

Studio-3 Beds1-3 Baths

North Bergen, NJ (Bergenwood)


$2,395 and up

Studio-3 Beds1-3 Baths
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Hoboken, NJ 07030

$3,300 and up

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Hoboken, NJ (Hoboken, North East Hoboken)


$3,300 and up

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
18

Hoboken, NJ (Hoboken, Northwest Hoboken)

(105)

$3,100 and up

2 Beds2 Baths
31

Jersey City, NJ 07302

$2,565 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Jersey City, NJ (The Waterfront)


$2,565 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
8
34

Corona, NY 11368

$1,420 and up

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Corona, NY (Corona, Northwestern Queens)

(34)

$1,420 and up

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
4

Astoria, NY 11102

$2,250 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Astoria, NY (Astoria, Northwestern Queens)


$2,250 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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1171

Long Island City, NY 11101

$2,615 and up

Studio-3 Beds1-3 Baths

Long Island City, NY (Long Island City, Northwestern Queens)

(1171)

$2,615 and up

Studio-3 Beds1-3 Baths
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221

New York, NY 10019

$2,960 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

New York, NY (Midtown Manhattan, Theater District)

(221)

$2,960 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
31
689

Brooklyn, NY 11201

$2,730 and up

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Brooklyn, NY (Downtown Brooklyn, Northwestern Brooklyn)

(689)

$2,730 and up

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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217

New York, NY 10003

$3,865 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

New York, NY (Bowery, Downtown Manhattan)

(217)

$3,865 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
56

Brooklyn, NY 11201

$2,930 and up

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Brooklyn, NY (Downtown Brooklyn, Northwestern Brooklyn)


$2,930 and up

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
45
23

Brooklyn, NY 11201

$2,935 and up

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Brooklyn, NY (Downtown Brooklyn, Northwestern Brooklyn)

(23)

$2,935 and up

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
34
236

New York, NY 10025

$4,250 and up

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

New York, NY (Harlem, Morningside Heights...)

(236)

$4,250 and up

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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315

New York, NY 10019

$2,850 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

New York, NY (Hell's Kitchen, Midtown Manhattan)

(315)

$2,850 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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New York, NY 10001

$4,100 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

New York, NY (Chelsea, Midtown Manhattan)


$4,100 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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168

New York, NY 10001

$3,285 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

New York, NY (Chelsea, Midtown Manhattan)

(168)

$3,285 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths