10 Best Places To Raise A Family In New York For 2019


We used science and data to determine which cities in New York have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for . This is our second time ranking the best cities for families in New York.

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If you’re like the rest of us, you’re looking for the perfect place for your family. But you have a strict criteria; the city has to be safe, affordable, and stimulating. Basically, the place you move – or even visit – has to be outright perfect.

Is that attainable? Perhaps not, but we’ll get you as close as we can.

Promise.

According to the United States Census, the number of American families who move is trending downwards Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous?

Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever.

So, where are the best cities for families in New York? We’ve got the answers here.

If you’re thinking of making a move to New York, and want a family-friendly place, we’ve got you covered. And if you already have kids, we’re surprised you made it this far into the article and hope your little ones give you a couple of more minutes of free time.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out some more reading about New York and the best places for families in the country:

How do you determine which place is best for families in New York anyways?

To give you the places in New York which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s family-friendly and what isn’t.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Empire State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of New York, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For New York, that meant a total of 47 cities.

Read on to see why Rye is where all the families are headed, while Binghamton is probably a place made for singles.

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In New York For 2019

Rye, NY

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 16,004
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 40
Closest Major City: Yonkers
Households with kids: 40.6%
More on Rye: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Rye is a city in Westchester County, New York, United States. It is separate from the town of Rye, which has more land area than the city. Rye city, formerly the village of Rye, was part of the town until it received its charter as a city in 1942. The population was 15,720 at the 2010 census. Rye is the youngest city in New York state. No other city has been chartered anywhere in New York state since 1942.

Glen Cove, NY

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 27,376
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 60
Closest Major City: Yonkers
Households with kids: 29.1%
More on Glen Cove: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Glen Cove is a city in Nassau County, New York, United States, on the North Shore of Long Island. As of the United States 2010 Census, the city population was 26,964.

Peekskill, NY

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 24,111
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 36
Closest Major City: Yonkers
Households with kids: 28.4%
More on Peekskill: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Peekskill, officially the City of Peekskill, is a city in Westchester County, New York, United States, in the New York City metropolitan area. Peekskill is situated on a bay along the east side of the Hudson River, across from Jones Point. The population was 23,583 during the 2010 census.

Port Washington, NY

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 16,034
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 59
Closest Major City: Yonkers
Households with kids: 36.8%
More on Port Washington: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Port Washington is a hamlet and census-designated place in Nassau County, New York on the North Shore of Long Island. As of the United States 2010 Census, the community population was 15,846.

Elmira, NY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 28,302
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 52
Closest Major City: Rochester
Households with kids: 30.8%
More on Elmira: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Elmira is a city in Chemung County, New York, United States. It is the principal city of the Elmira, New York Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses Chemung County, New York. The population was 29,200 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Chemung County.

Geneva, NY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,048
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 44
Closest Major City: Rochester
Households with kids: 24.8%
More on Geneva: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Geneva is a city in Ontario and Seneca counties in the U.S. state of New York. It is located at the northern end of Seneca Lake; all land portions of the city are within Ontario County; the water portions are in Seneca County. The population was 13,261 at the 2010 census. The city is supposedly named after the city and canton of Geneva in Switzerland. The main settlement of the Seneca was spelled Zoneshio by early white settlers, and was described as being 2 miles north of Seneca Lake.

Canandaigua, NY

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 10,402
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 45
Closest Major City: Rochester
Households with kids: 22.4%
More on Canandaigua: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Canandaigua is a city in Ontario County, New York, United States. The population was 10,545 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Ontario County; some administrative offices are located at the county complex in the adjacent town of Hopewell.

Corning, NY

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 10,870
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 61
Closest Major City: Rochester
Households with kids: 25.1%
More on Corning: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Corning is a city in Steuben County, New York, United States, on the Chemung River. The population was 11,183 at the 2010 census. It is named for Erastus Corning, an Albany financier and railroad executive who was an investor in the company that developed the community. The city is best known as the headquarters of Fortune 500 company Corning Incorporated, formerly Corning Glass Works, a manufacturer of glass and ceramic products for industrial, scientific and technical uses.

Beacon, NY

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 14,279
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 37
Closest Major City: Yonkers
Households with kids: 25.9%
More on Beacon: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Beacon is a city located in Dutchess County, New York, United States. The 2010 census placed the city total population at 15,541. Beacon is part of the Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, New York Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the larger New York-Newark-Bridgeport, New York-New Jersey-Connecticut-Pennsylvania Combined Statistical Area. It was named to commemorate the historic beacon fires that blazed forth from the summit of the Fishkill Mountains to alert the Continental Army about British troop movements.

Dunkirk, NY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 12,064
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 43
Closest Major City: Buffalo
Households with kids: 27.2%
More on Dunkirk: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Dunkirk is a city in Chautauqua County, New York, in the United States. It was officially incorporated in 1880, though it was first settled around 1805. The population was 12,563 as of the 2010 census, with an estimated population of 12,328 in 2013. Dunkirk is bordered on the north by Lake Erie. It shares a border with the village of Fredonia to the south, and with the town of Dunkirk to the east and west. Dunkirk is the westernmost city in the state of New York.

There You Have It – The Best Places To Raise A Family In New York

If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in New York ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the best cities for singles New York according to the data:

  1. Binghamton
  2. Niagara Falls
  3. Cohoes

For more New York reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In New York

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Rye, NY 16,004 49
2 Glen Cove, NY 27,376 63
3 Peekskill, NY 24,111 47
4 Port Washington, NY 16,034 53
5 Elmira, NY 28,302 55
6 Geneva, NY 13,048 43
7 Canandaigua, NY 10,402 38
8 Corning, NY 10,870 65
9 Beacon, NY 14,279 58
10 Dunkirk, NY 12,064 52
11 Poughkeepsie, NY 30,505 46
12 Cortland, NY 18,914 53
13 Long Beach, NY 33,657 56
14 New Rochelle, NY 79,877 38
15 Batavia, NY 14,868 49
16 Olean, NY 13,911 56
17 Newburgh, NY 28,444 65
18 Middletown, NY 27,729 61
19 Yonkers, NY 200,999 47
20 Kingston, NY 23,419 42
21 North Tonawanda, NY 30,752 37
22 White Plains, NY 58,404 49
23 Tonawanda, NY 57,725 44
24 Ithaca, NY 30,720 61
25 Jamestown, NY 30,094 45
26 Amsterdam, NY 17,974 37
27 Oneida, NY 11,120 62
28 Saratoga Springs, NY 27,682 43
29 Ogdensburg, NY 10,851 49
30 Glens Falls, NY 14,428 51
31 Watertown, NY 26,437 35
32 Lackawanna, NY 18,012 39
33 Schenectady, NY 65,705 74
34 New York, NY 8,560,072 100
35 Troy, NY 49,826 49
36 Buffalo, NY 259,574 85
37 Albany, NY 98,498 68
38 Utica, NY 61,114 60
39 Syracuse, NY 144,405 69
40 Gloversville, NY 15,052 33
41 Rome, NY 32,589 39
42 Mount Vernon, NY 68,671 58
43 Rochester, NY 209,463 82
44 Watervliet, NY 10,201 60
45 Cohoes, NY 16,574 41
46 Niagara Falls, NY 48,976 44
47 Binghamton, NY 45,964 64

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