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Living a Beach Lifestyle in Staten Island, New_York

Staten Island has the smallest population of the 5 boroughs of New York City, NY, just under 500,000. It has a long coastline along the Lower Bay with some beaches. In places Staten Island has a suburban feel, certainly more so than any other borough. It is connected to the mainland in New Jersey by bridges and to the other boroughs by the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to Brooklyn and the Staten Island Ferry to lower Manhattan.

Where to Retire in Staten Island and Home Prices

According to, the median home value was $547,792 in early 2020. There are active adult communites in Staten Island (see link at left).

What Is Special about Staten Island

Staten Island has the advantage of being close to Manhattan by public transportation (ferry) but a world apart in feeling.  There are many parks and recreation possibilities here, such as beaches and golf courses.

What Is Not Special about Staten Island

Staten Island is a bit hard to get to.  Prices are less expensive than Manhattan, but still high.

Climate and Physical Environment

January's average temperature is about 32 degrees, with July's average at 78 degrees.  Staten Island receives an average of 24 inches of snow a year, but has been hit with blizzards in recent years.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There is plenty of culture in Staten Island, although for a real dose all one has to do is take the ferry to Manhattan.


Staten Island's crime rate is about par with the national average. 

Medical Facilities

Hospitals on Staten Island include Sisters of Charity and Staten Island University Hospital.


The Staten Island Ferry or the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge provide access to the rest of the world. The NY area has 3 of the largest airports in the U.S., plus amazing train, bus, and commuter train connections.

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