Quality of LifeQuality of Life

Safety, affordability, and livability are essential to New York City’s global competitiveness. The Partnership advocates public policies and supports programs that advance these objectives.

The Partnership is monitoring quality of life issues in our quarterly Dashboard of economic indicators that show the city’s progress or slippage.


  • CrimeOverall crime in NYC dropped 2 percent from 2014 to 2015.
  •  MurderMurders increased by 4 percent from 2014 to 2015.


With over 800 homeless people per 100,000 residents, New York City has more homeless people per capita than any other major U.S. city except Washington, DC and Boston. Nearly 90% of the city’s homeless are African- American or Latino.
  • 2x

    New York City has twice as many homeless people as any other U.S. city.

  • 14%

    The city accounts for 2.7% of the nation’s total population, but 14% of the homeless.

  • 54%

    The city’s sheltered homeless population has grown 54% in the last five years.


Homeless Shelter Population
  • 75%


  • 40%


In 2016, it costs $94.57 a night to shelter a single adult (20% increase over 2015) and $120.22 for a family (6.9% increase from 2015). The city’s Independent Budget Office projects shelter costs in the city to reach nearly $1.1 billion in 2016.

Current Law

The city cannot remove homeless people from the street against their will, unless they present an immediate danger to themselves or others. By law, the city’s homeless have the right to receive shelter.

311 Calls

In the past five years, there was a 72% increase in 311 calls reporting a homeless person in need of assistance or a homeless encampment. More than 80% of calls about homelessness come from Manhattan.

Increase in Homeless Population

An annual survey of homeless people living on the streets suggests that the population has increased just 6% over the past five years, but many argue it is undercounted.