These Are The 10 Best New York Suburbs


We analyzed over 216 places around New York to identify the most kickass place to live.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of New York are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado, here are the 10 best suburbs around New York:

  1. Hoboken
  2. Pelham (Photos)
  3. Pelham Manor (Photos)
  4. Larchmont (Photos)
  5. Glen Ridge
  6. Garden City (Photos)
  7. Chatham
  8. East Hills (Photos)
  9. North Caldwell
  10. Lawrence (Photos)

If you happen to be a resident of Hoboken, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 New York ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around New York

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around New York was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people

Then we used the 2010-2014 American Community Survey to research each suburb. FYI: We defined a suburb based on the Census’s designation of being part of an “Urban Cluster,” but not the main city of said urbanized area. For example, the Census considers all of these places to be part of the New York–Newark, Ny–Nj–Ct Urbanized Area.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 5,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 216 suburbs to evaluate around New York.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 216 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the “Best Suburb near New York.” We’re lookin’ at you, Hoboken.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

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1. Hoboken


Population 2014: 51,979
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Median Home Price: $563,300
Median Income: $106,875

2. Pelham

Pelham, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,984
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Median Home Price: $639,900
Median Income: $118,125

3. Pelham Manor

Pelham Manor, New York

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,539
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Median Home Price: $770,000
Median Income: $173,140

4. Larchmont

Larchmont, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,952
Unemployment Rate: 6.3%
Median Home Price: $1,000,001
Median Income: $152,448

5. Glen Ridge


Population 2014: 7,606
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Median Home Price: $569,500
Median Income: $169,006

6. Garden City

Garden City, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,543
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Median Home Price: $769,300
Median Income: $152,401

7. Chatham


Population 2014: 9,000
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Median Home Price: $719,200
Median Income: $144,179

8. East Hills

East Hills, New York

Source: Http://Lamplightersllc.Com/

Population: 7,025
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Median Home Price: $888,400
Median Income: $171,964

9. North Caldwell


Population 2014: 6,407
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Median Home Price: $733,300
Median Income: $194,536

10. Lawrence

Lawrence, New York

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,511
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Median Home Price: $889,000
Median Income: $142,864

Welcome to the ‘Burbs

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like New York, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.
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Detailed List Of The Best Burbs To Live Around New York

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
Hoboken 1 51,979 4.1% $563,300 $106,875
Pelham 2 6,984 4.5% $639,900 $118,125
Pelham Manor 3 5,539 2.5% $770,000 $173,140
Larchmont 4 5,952 6.3% $1,000,001 $152,448
Glen Ridge 5 7,606 5.3% $569,500 $169,006
Garden City 6 22,543 5.5% $769,300 $152,401
Chatham 7 9,000 4.0% $719,200 $144,179
East Hills 8 7,025 5.0% $888,400 $171,964
North Caldwell 9 6,407 5.0% $733,300 $194,536
Lawrence 10 6,511 2.4% $889,000 $142,864
Bronxville 11 6,378 8.6% $902,600 $193,333
Rockville Centre 12 24,128 6.6% $597,000 $108,456
Englewood Cliffs 13 5,346 5.5% $974,600 $138,780
Fair Haven 14 6,093 6.0% $649,700 $140,000
River Edge 15 11,483 4.5% $455,500 $104,250
Glen Rock 16 11,784 6.7% $602,000 $154,615
Scarsdale 17 17,471 5.5% $1,000,001 $241,453
New Providence 18 12,314 5.5% $579,100 $139,071
Little Silver 19 5,920 3.3% $593,400 $136,344
Kings Point 20 5,076 3.8% $1,000,001 $113,393
New Hyde Park 21 9,764 6.8% $473,900 $99,469
Westfield 22 30,647 7.2% $653,900 $138,165
Hastings-On-Hudson 23 7,905 6.6% $632,400 $119,474
Ridgewood 24 25,270 6.2% $695,500 $141,315
Woodcliff Lake 25 5,785 5.8% $754,400 $137,724
Williston Park 26 7,319 7.5% $468,300 $101,921
East Rockaway 27 9,861 6.5% $443,900 $93,833
North Hills 28 5,122 1.6% $952,000 $114,950
Rye 29 15,892 5.9% $1,000,001 $155,422
Cresskill 30 8,669 5.1% $522,700 $100,342
Franklin Lakes 31 10,726 6.5% $917,800 $153,657
Upper Saddle River 32 8,304 6.9% $896,800 $188,750
Bayville 33 6,724 2.6% $549,100 $98,704
Hillsdale 34 10,381 6.0% $509,900 $113,077
Malverne 35 8,544 8.1% $439,200 $114,497
Sea Cliff 36 5,012 4.2% $623,100 $107,256
Cedarhurst 37 6,631 8.1% $542,100 $87,353
Floral Park 38 16,190 6.5% $489,700 $106,134
Massapequa Park 39 17,137 8.4% $445,300 $114,574
Briarcliff Manor 40 7,783 4.4% $675,400 $144,006
Oradell 41 8,080 7.4% $562,600 $144,222
Mineola 42 18,918 4.6% $430,900 $81,177
Bernardsville 43 7,766 5.0% $642,600 $103,903
Long Beach 44 33,522 6.2% $464,200 $83,396
Norwood 45 5,769 5.8% $616,600 $97,962
Nyack 46 6,857 5.3% $432,800 $63,173
Mountainside 47 6,765 7.6% $621,800 $146,389
Westwood 48 11,056 5.9% $420,200 $85,588
Mendham 49 5,008 6.6% $606,300 $129,919
Tenafly 50 14,672 6.9% $731,800 $140,923
Fanwood 51 7,475 8.2% $399,500 $123,003
Roseland 52 5,835 6.0% $512,400 $108,421
Waldwick 53 9,808 7.0% $416,900 $106,750
Montvale 54 8,000 6.5% $589,500 $103,361
Northport 55 7,417 7.4% $538,200 $112,316
Rumson 56 7,045 5.3% $916,600 $151,667
Irvington 57 6,506 4.3% $633,300 $137,500
Great Neck 58 10,052 10.2% $692,800 $81,778
Tuckahoe 59 6,559 8.2% $523,800 $69,966
Airmont 60 8,770 4.4% $465,400 $89,743
Madison 61 16,043 7.4% $645,700 $109,737
Manorhaven 62 6,638 10.6% $504,100 $82,758
Oakland 63 12,914 6.2% $450,300 $117,596
Summit 64 21,826 6.2% $774,800 $121,509
Leonia 65 9,051 6.9% $479,800 $78,882
Edgewater 66 11,969 6.4% $535,700 $99,609
Allendale 67 6,666 9.3% $656,300 $124,821
Hasbrouck Heights 68 11,989 8.8% $415,900 $87,705
Maywood 69 9,651 7.1% $384,400 $81,500
Manasquan 70 5,841 4.6% $606,400 $91,389
Ramsey 71 14,650 5.4% $518,600 $122,165
Harrison 72 27,822 7.0% $786,800 $111,122
Florham Park 73 11,820 5.7% $612,400 $105,368
Wallington 74 11,487 6.7% $386,600 $53,502
Dunellen 75 7,317 5.1% $281,900 $76,214
Dobbs Ferry 76 11,001 6.3% $586,400 $113,062
Croton-On-Hudson 77 8,168 8.6% $496,000 $131,546
Valley Stream 78 37,764 10.3% $371,000 $88,145
Paramus 79 26,612 6.4% $554,400 $96,454
Wood-Ridge 80 8,249 6.7% $391,000 $97,006
Babylon 81 12,177 6.6% $432,500 $101,549
Lindenhurst 82 27,303 6.4% $347,100 $84,414
Midland Park 83 7,229 2.8% $452,800 $85,966
Lake Grove 84 11,235 5.0% $373,700 $92,173
Fair Lawn 85 32,962 8.1% $391,200 $100,755
Metuchen 86 13,707 6.2% $390,500 $109,351
Dumont 87 17,706 6.4% $364,900 $91,811
Emerson 88 7,538 9.9% $455,200 $108,295
Little Ferry 89 10,773 6.7% $343,800 $63,810
Lynbrook 90 19,517 9.1% $406,200 $87,712
East Rutherford 91 9,298 5.8% $403,100 $70,934
Fort Lee 92 36,048 8.5% $328,800 $67,119
North Arlington 93 15,587 7.2% $358,400 $71,750
Watchung 94 5,855 2.0% $730,800 $104,821
Mamaroneck 95 19,133 8.4% $578,900 $85,865
Butler 96 7,636 7.1% $345,900 $90,424
Westbury 97 15,201 5.0% $419,200 $85,086
Ridgefield Park 98 12,875 6.1% $333,800 $64,741
Old Tappan 99 5,835 8.1% $751,500 $116,151
White Plains 100 57,505 6.9% $507,800 $81,743
Closter 101 8,519 9.7% $629,200 $119,725
Elmwood Park 102 19,921 6.6% $360,200 $67,500
West Long Branch 103 8,391 7.1% $392,400 $82,067
Rockaway 104 6,480 6.2% $344,300 $74,080
Point Pleasant 105 18,481 8.8% $356,700 $84,163
Pleasantville 106 7,090 9.1% $588,500 $105,714
Raritan 107 7,318 6.3% $331,900 $73,565
Caldwell 108 7,864 10.9% $424,500 $73,299
New Milford 109 16,524 7.1% $392,700 $75,071
New Rochelle 110 78,476 8.3% $551,400 $68,270
Rutherford 111 18,297 7.3% $422,000 $82,385
Wesley Hills 112 5,779 7.5% $533,600 $103,014
Ridgefield 113 11,191 9.7% $493,600 $69,466
Woodland Park 114 12,129 8.1% $362,800 $79,732
Kenilworth 115 8,045 9.3% $351,900 $100,680
Morri 116 18,580 5.1% $398,900 $75,696
Great Neck Plaza 117 6,823 9.8% $321,400 $58,276
Port Jefferson 118 7,789 6.9% $503,900 $111,042
Somerville 119 12,175 6.9% $290,200 $72,527
Palisades Park 120 20,066 7.4% $520,200 $59,429
Morris Plains 121 5,635 7.8% $470,200 $110,167
North Haledon 122 8,478 10.6% $449,400 $93,641
New Hempstead 123 5,240 9.5% $443,100 $113,628
Bergenfield 124 27,157 7.3% $341,400 $80,365
Bogota 125 8,277 9.3% $322,800 $75,957
Amityville 126 9,551 5.8% $370,000 $81,135
Mount Kisco 127 11,016 7.9% $374,500 $71,727
Kinnelon 128 10,349 10.1% $549,100 $125,000
Mil 129 6,974 12.4% $346,100 $99,265
Belmar 130 5,760 11.2% $498,300 $59,557
Chestnut Ridge 131 8,035 6.1% $432,700 $105,489
Bayonne 132 64,763 7.5% $324,400 $55,224
Pompton Lakes 133 11,162 8.8% $315,800 $87,284
Clifton 134 85,138 7.6% $338,800 $68,096
Englewood 135 27,435 6.7% $390,500 $73,249
Farmingdale 136 8,306 6.0% $359,100 $70,603
Tarr 137 11,423 8.9% $518,600 $91,906
Bound Brook 138 10,607 7.9% $283,300 $63,017
Oceanport 139 5,834 12.4% $448,100 $92,413
Patchogue 140 12,045 5.1% $291,000 $70,035
South Amboy 141 8,749 8.8% $280,300 $73,710
Ossining 142 25,232 8.9% $394,400 $68,533
Keyport 143 7,213 6.7% $270,300 $54,853
Glen Cove 144 27,161 5.9% $470,900 $65,267
New York 145 8,354,889 10.3% $490,700 $52,737
Park Ridge 146 8,763 9.9% $521,100 $106,327
North Plainfield 147 22,056 7.5% $272,700 $69,363
Totowa 148 10,872 11.9% $375,700 $85,014
Garfield 149 30,996 9.4% $334,300 $46,499
Jamesburg 150 5,963 9.7% $281,300 $66,806
Fairview 151 14,126 10.2% $365,400 $51,990
Boonton 152 8,424 9.3% $386,100 $88,107
South Plainfield 153 23,686 7.8% $326,300 $90,880
Suffern 154 10,864 8.4% $306,700 $80,733
Cliffside Park 155 24,532 9.0% $391,800 $56,171
Yonkers 156 198,654 9.5% $394,500 $61,132
Roselle Park 157 13,465 14.8% $275,000 $61,122
Hackensack 158 43,903 7.1% $284,300 $53,338
Lodi 159 24,428 9.7% $354,200 $48,914
Hawthorne 160 18,944 8.7% $365,000 $81,885
Sleepy Hollow 161 10,002 8.8% $608,800 $58,672
Highland Park 162 14,224 8.6% $359,800 $66,414
Carlstadt 163 6,189 9.7% $383,100 $71,847
Jersey City 164 255,861 10.4% $323,800 $58,907
New Square 165 7,328 11.8% $381,300 $24,427
Red Bank 166 12,250 10.4% $357,600 $62,440
Ringwood 167 12,320 6.8% $364,700 $106,880
Lincoln Park 168 10,515 6.8% $339,000 $81,661
Rahway 169 27,994 12.7% $279,900 $59,076
Matawan 170 8,759 7.7% $316,800 $82,940
Mount Arlington 171 5,140 11.0% $292,100 $83,549
Secaucus 172 17,614 8.1% $393,900 $84,626
West New York 173 51,511 13.3% $320,200 $45,412
Spotswood 174 8,359 6.6% $291,500 $76,110
Perth Amboy 175 51,727 6.2% $245,600 $45,276
Harrison 176 14,436 11.2% $297,300 $53,772
Dover 177 18,298 8.1% $265,300 $60,878
Middlesex 178 13,766 7.8% $317,300 $81,424
Beachwood 179 11,127 7.2% $246,500 $76,279
West Haverstraw 180 10,308 8.2% $279,100 $82,320
Tinton Falls 181 17,933 9.5% $308,600 $73,278
Haverstraw 182 12,060 9.2% $291,100 $56,714
Mount Vernon 183 67,962 13.4% $372,100 $49,268
Freeport 184 43,168 9.7% $323,000 $67,056
Roselle 185 21,348 15.4% $223,500 $43,122
Prospect Park 186 5,915 13.0% $265,300 $54,241
Union City 187 68,001 12.5% $293,200 $40,939
Union Beach 188 6,040 14.3% $253,500 $74,081
Hempstead 189 54,801 10.8% $320,100 $51,714
Passaic 190 70,651 10.6% $309,300 $33,081
Sayreville 191 43,962 8.5% $305,500 $81,136
Guttenberg 192 11,397 10.6% $304,000 $52,466
Haledon 193 8,397 10.4% $268,200 $59,819
Freehold 194 12,018 8.0% $277,100 $53,375
Kearny 195 41,538 13.1% $311,200 $63,093
Hopatcong 196 14,921 14.5% $242,400 $85,357
Eato 197 12,323 9.2% $314,200 $64,378
Carteret 198 23,770 13.8% $249,300 $64,294
Paterson 199 146,341 11.5% $262,200 $33,964
New Brunswick 200 55,804 10.9% $240,700 $38,399
Asbury Park 201 15,933 15.2% $314,100 $32,459
East Orange 202 64,538 20.1% $217,800 $36,978
Spring Valley 203 32,007 13.5% $270,900 $46,142
South River 204 16,177 15.2% $282,700 $65,509
Wanaque 205 11,243 14.5% $312,000 $85,373
Linden 206 41,054 11.9% $270,900 $62,778
Peekskill 207 23,875 12.9% $310,200 $51,961
Elizabeth 208 126,964 12.2% $271,400 $43,966
Long Branch 209 30,590 10.9% $329,700 $48,736
Hackett 210 9,633 8.9% $269,100 $69,009
Wharton 211 6,586 11.1% $277,300 $67,205
Newark 212 278,750 19.1% $229,600 $34,012
Plainfield 213 50,423 13.2% $246,500 $53,099
Keansburg 214 10,011 13.8% $211,100 $43,696
Manville 215 10,426 11.8% $263,300 $62,787
Bloomingdale 216 7,808 12.2% $333,100 $73,060

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