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Rossville is a Staten Island community with a variety of residents, many dining options, and easy access to New York City attractions. From its quiet, tree-lined streets to its lively waterfront restaurants, Rossville has something to appeal to everyone.

History buffs can explore the neighborhood's Revolutionary War sites, including the Conference House, where Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Edward Rutledge met with British peace commissioners in 1776. Nature lovers can enjoy the scenic views from Staten Island FerryHawks Stadium or explore the lush trails of Rossville Park. And foodies will delight in the neighborhood's wide variety of restaurants, from classic Italian eateries to trendy new eateries.

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Rossville has a population of 10,092 people according to the 2020 census. Here is a summary of the demographic data:

Hispanic or Latino of any race14.3%
Black or African American10.9%
Other races2%
Native American0.2%
Pacific Islander0.1%

The median income is $76,139 and the median family income is $84,423. The unemployment rate is a low 3.8%.


Rossville's history stretches back to pre-colonial times when the Raritan Indians inhabited the area.

The first European settlers arrived in the 17th century and the community was officially named Rossville in 1768. During the Revolutionary War, British troops occupied Rossville for several months in 1776, building fortifications that can still be seen today like Fort Hill and Fort Wadsworth.

After that time period, Rossville became an agricultural hub. Later, in the late 19th century, it began to develop into a residential suburb of New York City.

In the early 20th century, Rossville was home to famous figures like inventor Thomas Edison and author Theodore Dreiser. The community played an important military role in World War II, with installations like Fort Wadsworth and Rossville Naval Air Station located there.

After the war, quiet suburban growth continued. Today, Rossville is known for its peaceful neighborhoods, rich Revolutionary War history, and proximity to the amenities of the Big Apple.

Quality of Life

Based on available real estate listing data, Rossville is a desirable community with low crime, excellent schools, and many family-friendly amenities. The average income is well above the national average, and unemployment is low.

There are quiet, tree-lined neighborhoods, as well as parks and recreation facilities like the Staten Island Zoo. The community is known for its strong sense of community and neighborly spirit.

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Overall, the health of Rossville residents is good. Life expectancy is 81.2 years, slightly higher than the national average. The major hospitals located nearby on Staten Island include:

  • Staten Island University Hospital - provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services.
  • Richmond University Medical Center - offers specialty care in cardiovascular health, orthopedics, and women's health.

Mental health disorders in the area mirror national averages, with depression and anxiety most commonly reported. Health insurance coverage is actually higher than national averages here.


Compared to New York City as a whole, Rossville is a relatively safe community. Violent crime rates are low.

The most common crimes are non-violent property crimes like larceny and burglary. Residents can stay safe by being aware of their surroundings, locking doors, avoiding walking alone at night, and reporting any suspicious activity. The close-knit community is committed to maintaining safety through initiatives like Neighborhood Watch.

Shopping and Dining

Rossville offers a good selection of essential businesses like grocery stores, pharmacies, and banks. Specialty stores and boutiques that offer personalized service can be found concentrated in the central shopping plazas like Woodrow Plaza and Rossville Plaza.

For dining, popular options range from casual pizzerias and diners to upscale Italian cuisine. Recommended picks include Island Italian, Mamma Mia Pizzeria, Woodrow Diner, and more. With such variety, visitors can always find something appetizing!

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Rossville has relatively light traffic except during weekday rush hour. Parking is ample, with free lots available.

For commuters, the Staten Island Ferry provides a scenic 30 minute ride to Manhattan. The Staten Island Railway takes around an hour.

Those looking to carpool can check out the Staten Island Commuter Carpool Program. Driving to Manhattan takes approximately one hour depending on traffic.


The quality of education in Rossville is comparable to New York City averages. Public schools are part of the New York City Department of Education. There are also private schools nearby like Staten Island Academy.

Standardized test scores align with citywide averages. The student-teacher ratio is 22:1 in public schools. The curriculum focuses on college and career preparation.

Points of Interest

Some top attractions and activities in Rossville include:

  • Fort Wadsworth - this National Historic Landmark fort from the 19th century offers tours and scenic views.
  • Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden - see performances, concerts, art galleries, and stroll through lush gardens.
  • Woodrow Wilson Park - relax or play sports at this scenic 12-acre park.
  • Arthur Kill Preserve - hike the trails and enjoy views of diverse wildlife and the Arthur Kill River.
  • Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre - catch a Shakespeare play or musical at this professional theater company.
  • Snug Harbor Museum - learn about local history at this museum run by the Rossville Civic Association.