About Jamaica Neighborhood

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Jamaica is a middle-class, culturally vibrant neighborhood located in Queens. It has a rich history dating all the way back to the precolonial periods. It is made up of a diverse population, mostly African Americans, Hispanics, and Asians. The main thoroughfare in the area is Jamaica Avenue which is mostly filled with discount stores sprinkled with some government buildings as well. The two main recreational areas include Baisley Pond Park and Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. It has become a desirable option for many residents being priced out of more popular neighborhoods like Williamsburg and Long Island City. Notable residents have included rapper Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent and entrepreneur and producer Russell Simmons.

Average Rental Prices in Jamaica

These are the average rental prices in Jamaica by apartment size. To find out how much you need to earn in order to qualify for these prices, go to our salary calculator.

  • Studios

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 2 Bedroom

  • 3 Bedroom


Average Credit Score Needed to Rent in Jamaica

Your credit score is an important factor in determining your qualification for rentals or even some condo or co-op purchases.

Credit Score


These trains run through Jamaica. In addition, city buses are also available in this area.

Available Subway Lines:
  • E
  • F
  • J
  • Z

Crime Rate in Jamaica

Crime rate: 6 out of 10
Approximately 18.4888 crimes (felony) per 1000 residents
Low Medium High


P.S. 121 Queens

P.S. 050 Talfourd Lawn Elementary School

P.S. 160 Walter Francis Bishop

P.S. 040 Samuel Huntington

P.S. 048 William Wordsworth

P.S. 140 Edward K Ellington

P.S. 054 Hillside

P.S. 155

P.S. 123

P.S. 036 Saint Albans School

P.S. 131 Abigail Adams

P.S. 095 Eastwood

P.S. 035 Nathaniel Woodhull

P.S. 117 J. Keld / Briarwood School

P.S. Q086

P.S. 082 Hammond

P.S. 099 Kew Gardens

P.S. 116 William C. Hughley

P.S. 118 Lorraine Hansberry

P.S. 182 Samantha Smith

Hillcrest High School

I.S. 238 Susan B Anthony

I.S. 059 Springfield Gardens

J.H.S. 226 Virgil I. Grissom

J.H.S. 217 Robert A. Van Wyck

J.H.S. 008 Richard S. Grossley

I.S. 192 The Linden