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Land for sale in Queens County, NY

Queens County Land

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Land in Queens County Introduction
Queens County is one of NYC’s most important boroughs, and has been a cultural touchstone for both New York and the nation for generations. Queens has given us notable performers like LL Cool J, The Ramones, 50 Cent, Run-D.M.C., Nicki Minaj, Tony Bennett, Louis Armstrong and even Simon and Garfunkel. Lucy Liu, John Leguizamo and Susan Sarandon all grew up in Queens NY.

Queens is not just one place, though. It offers a wide variety of neighborhoods, enclaves and developments, each with its own personality and local culture. You can find almost anything in Queens, which is perhaps why land in Queens County NY is so much in demand.

So, let’s look at Queens in greater detail, both as a borough of NYC and as a county. We’ll explore the climate of the region, the demographics of its people and even some of the most popular neighborhoods to buy land in Queens County NY. You won’t find much undeveloped land in Queens County, but you will find plenty of plots that are ripe for redevelopment.


Queens County Climate
Like the rest of Long Island, Queens County has a humid subtropical climate. Its location right on the Atlantic Ocean prevents temperatures from dropping far below freezing in the winter, and keeps it cool during the summer. The Appalachian Mountains just inland of NYC shield Long Island from some of the heaviest weather coming from inland, as well. One of the reasons land for sale in Queens County has always fetched a good price – even when it was a rural, agricultural area – Is the stability of the climate.

Queens County has no real ‘rainy’ or ‘dry’ seasons, and precipitation falls throughout the year. Queens gets around 45 inches of rain and snow in the average year. Most years will see only 44 days of moderate or heavy rain, and 22 days with at least some snowfall.

A typical Queens County summer will see 17 days with a high temperature above 90F, and only 14 days when the temperature never rises above freezing. The highest temperature ever recorded in Queens was 107F (in 1966), and the lowest was -19F (in 1963 and again in 1985).


Things to See and Do in Queens County
Queens has always been one of NYC’s cultural hubs, and visitors might feel cheated if they did not visit the SculptureCenter, the Queens Museum of Art, Queens Botanical Garden, the Noguchi Museum, the New York Hall of Science, the Museum of the Moving Image, king Manor, the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, the Hindu Temple Society of North America or the Afrikan Poetry Theater.

History of Queens County New York

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Queens County History

The first Europeans to colonize Long Island, and the land which would become Queens County, were the Dutch. The New Netherland colony was formed in 1635, and the colony of Vlissingen (which would go on to become Flushing, NY) in 1645. Colonies that would become Jamaica and Elmhurst were largely composed of English settlers, though they lived under Dutch law. The entire region was taken by the English and re-styled New York in 1664.

Queens County became a county on 1 November 1683 along with Kings County, (Brooklyn) and Richmond County (Staten Island). So there has been land for sale in Queens County NY for nearly 400 years!

Queens county had 5 towns in the late 17th and early 18th centuries – Oyster Bay, Newtown, Jamaica, Hempstead and Flushing. Jamaica was originally the county seat. Queens County as a whole – and all of its cities – were consolidated as a borough of NYC in 1898. All other municipal governments in the country were dissolved. By that time, land for rent in Queens County was already fetching a very good price.

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Queens County Namesake

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How Queens County Got Its Name
This is actually a matter disputed by many historians. The queen of England at the time of Queens County’s creation was Catherine of Braganza (formerly Princess Caterina of Portugal). It is not that there is any other ‘queen’ who the county was likely to have been named after, but rather that the exact identity of the ‘queen’ was never declared.

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Land in Queens County Introduction
Queens County is one of NYC’s most important boroughs, and has been a cultural touchstone for both New York and the nation for generations. Queens has given us notable performers like LL Cool J, The Ramones, 50 Cent, Run-D.M.C., Nicki Minaj, Tony Bennett, Louis Armstrong and even Simon and Garfunkel. Lucy Liu, John Leguizamo and Susan Sarandon all grew up in Queens NY.

Queens is not just one place, though. It offers a wide variety of neighborhoods, enclaves and developments, each with its own personality and local culture. You can find almost anything in Queens, which is perhaps why land in Queens County NY is so much in demand.

So, let’s look at Queens in greater detail, both as a borough of NYC and as a county. We’ll explore the climate of the region, the demographics of its people and even some of the most popular neighborhoods to buy land in Queens County NY. You won’t find much undeveloped land in Queens County, but you will find plenty of plots that are ripe for redevelopment.


Queens County Climate
Like the rest of Long Island, Queens County has a humid subtropical climate. Its location right on the Atlantic Ocean prevents temperatures from dropping far below freezing in the winter, and keeps it cool during the summer. The Appalachian Mountains just inland of NYC shield Long Island from some of the heaviest weather coming from inland, as well. One of the reasons land for sale in Queens County has always fetched a good price – even when it was a rural, agricultural area – Is the stability of the climate.

Queens County has no real ‘rainy’ or ‘dry’ seasons, and precipitation falls throughout the year. Queens gets around 45 inches of rain and snow in the average year. Most years will see only 44 days of moderate or heavy rain, and 22 days with at least some snowfall.

A typical Queens County summer will see 17 days with a high temperature above 90F, and only 14 days when the temperature never rises above freezing. The highest temperature ever recorded in Queens was 107F (in 1966), and the lowest was -19F (in 1963 and again in 1985).


Things to See and Do in Queens County
Queens has always been one of NYC’s cultural hubs, and visitors might feel cheated if they did not visit the SculptureCenter, the Queens Museum of Art, Queens Botanical Garden, the Noguchi Museum, the New York Hall of Science, the Museum of the Moving Image, king Manor, the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, the Hindu Temple Society of North America or the Afrikan Poetry Theater.

Queens County, NY Demographics

The 2020 US Census found 2,305,464 people living in Queens (and therefore Queens County). This was up a full 7.8% from the figures in 2010. This represents more than 1/10 of the total population of NY State, and secures its status as the 2nd largest NYC borough by population, behind only Brooklyn. So of course, land for rent in Queens County NY is in high demand.

Household income
The average household income in Queens County is $68,666, while the average individual income is $31,992. The median annual household income, however, is closer to $73,000.

Education
In 2019, 8,806 men received university or college degrees in Queens County, NY, compared to 12,642 degrees being conferred to women.

Average salary
The average salary for men in Queens County is just under $86,000 per year, while on average women earn around $67,000 per year.

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Why should you buy land in Queens County, NY?

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Why Buy Land In Queens County?
Queens County NY land is very popular recently, but why is that? The actual amount of land for sale in Queens County hasn’t increased – the entire county is heavily developed already, and there are no new frontiers to build on.

The short answer is the recent COVID pandemic. One of the demographic shifts NYC has seen in the wake of COVID is the desire to get out of the most densely populated boroughs, the high rises and condos, and move to a more ‘traditional’ detached house. There aren’t many of those left in Manhattan, but Queens has plenty. In essence, people want to move to Queens to get some space, some fresh air and a bit of green in their lives.


Queens County Art and Culture
Queens is one of the hearts of culture in NYC, and anyone looking for land for rent in Queens County will be interested in events like the Annual Queens County Fair, the Halloween Harvest Festival, the Lunar New Year Parade, Poseidon’s Parade and the Astoria Alive Street Festival.



Top 3 Reasons Land In Queens County Is So Sought-After
Land for sale in Queens County NY has been hard to find for more than 100 years. But why do people want to live in Queens, and why is land for rent in Queens County NY suddenly so in demand?

Queens gives you easy access to all of the 5 boroughs. You can live in Queens, and be only a subway ride away from Manhattan’s businesses, the arts districts and the night life NYC is famous for.
You have some elbow room. Queens is less heavily built-up than much of NYC, and Queens residents can enjoy all of the city while coming home to an actual yard and some green in their local environment.
It is less expensive to live in Queens. The cost of living in Queens NY is as much as 40% less than the cost of living in Manhattan.

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Why Queens County?

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Is Land In Queens County NY Right For You? Lots of people are buying land in Queens County right now. Whenever you find yourself a buyer in a ‘seller’s market’, you have to be careful. Still, Queens has many beautiful neighborhoods, and offers the kind of space and greenery that many NYC boroughs lack. It is a charming, diverse place to live, and it gives you access to the rest of NYC on one of the best public transit systems on the planet. So what do you think? Can you see yourself living in Queens?

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