The Upper West Side (UWS) is bounded by Central Park on the east, the Hudson River on the west, West 59th Street to the south, and West 110th Street to the north. The Upper West Side is adjacent to the neighborhoods of Hell's Kitchen to the south, Columbus Circle to the southeast, and Morningside Heights to the north.

Like the Upper East Side opposite Central Park, the Upper West Side is an affluent, primarily residential area with many of its residents working in commercial areas of Midtown and Lower Manhattan. Similarly to the Museum Mile district on the Upper East Side, the Upper West Side is considered one of Manhattan's cultural and intellectual hubs, with Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School located at the south end; the American Museum of Natural History and the Rose Center for Earth and Space (formerly the Hayden Planetarium) located near its center and across the street from Central Park; and Columbia University and Barnard College located just to the north of the UWS in Morningside Heights. The Upper West Side is also home to the famous Beacon Theater.

The Upper West Side ranged from the former village of Harsenville, centered on the old Bloomingdale Road (now Broadway) and 65th Street, west to the railroad yards along the Hudson, then north to 110th Street, where the ground rises to Morningside Heights. Development of the neighborhood lagged even while Central Park was being laid out in the 1860s and '70s, but increased with the introduction of the Ninth Avenue “El” train in the late 1870s along Ninth Avenue (renamed Columbus Avenue in 1890), and with Columbia University's relocation to Morningside Heights in the 1890s.

The Upper West Side experienced a building boom from 1885 to 1910, thanks in large part to the 1904 opening of the city's first subway line, which ran under Broadway for the entire length of the neighborhood.  The stately tall apartment blocks on Central Park West and West End Avenue and the townhouses on the streets between Amsterdam Avenue and Riverside Drive, which contribute to the character of the area, were all constructed during the pre-depression years of the twentieth century. And in 1932, the IND Eighth Avenue Line opened under Central Park West, bringing a second artery of fast public transportation to the eastern edge of the Upper West Side.  In 1940 the 9th Ave. “El” was closed and subsequently torn down, heralding a new vibe for Columbus Avenue.

With the construction of Lincoln Center, the Lincoln Towers apartment complex (which are now all cooperatives), the arrival of the corporate headquarters and expensive condos of the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle, and the Riverside South apartment complex between 59th and 72nd Streets, this part of the Upper West Side is known as Lincoln Square because of the different tone and ambiance than that typically associated with the UWS.

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Overview for UPPER WEST SIDE, NY

160,164 people live in UPPER WEST SIDE, where the median age is 44.2 and the average individual income is $105,110.82. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

44.2 years

Median Age


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Demographics and Employment Data for UPPER WEST SIDE, NY

UPPER WEST SIDE has 75,400 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in UPPER WEST SIDE do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 160,164 people call UPPER WEST SIDE home. The population density is 109,084.58 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


Median Age

44.51 / 55.49%

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  • Less Than 9th Grade
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The following schools are within or nearby UPPER WEST SIDE. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Middle School 245 Computer School (The)
Middle School 247 Dual Language Middle School
Metropolitan Montessori School
Collegiate School
The Parkside School
Ps 811 Mickey Mantle School
Robert Louis Stevenson School
The Ideal School Of Manhattan
The School At Columbia University
Edward A Reynolds West Side High School
Ps 75 Emily Dickinson
Middle School 243 Center School
Middle School 250 West Side Collaborative Middle School
Lafayette Academy
Ps 333 Manhattan School For Children
Aichhorn School (The)
Junior High School 54 Booker T Washington
Ps 166 Richard Rogers School Of The Arts & Science (The)
Global Learning Collaborative (The)
Urban Assembly School For Green Careers (The)
Success Academy Charter School-Upper West
Beit Rabban Day School
Alexander Robertson School
Solomon Schechter School Of Manhattan
Ps 165 Robert E Simon
Community Action School-Middle School 258
The Studio School
The Geneva School Of Manhattan West Campus
Stephen Gaynor School
Twin Parks Montessori School - Central Park
Ps 145 Bloomingdale School (The)
Ps 163 Alfred E Smith
West Side Montessori School
Manhattan Children's Center (The)
Basis Independent Manhattan
Rodeph Sholom School

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