These Are The 10 Best New York City Suburbs For 2018


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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 City 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 City for 2018:

  1. Scarsdale (Photos | Homes)
  2. Larchmont (Photos | Homes)
  3. Woodcliff Lake (Homes)
  4. North Hills (Photos | Homes)
  5. Oyster Bay Cove (Homes)
  6. Sands Point (Photos | Homes)
  7. Ho-Ho-Kus (Homes)
  8. North Caldwell (Homes)
  9. Fair Haven (Homes)
  10. Lawrence (Photos | Homes)

If you happen to be a resident of Scarsdale, 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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Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around New York for 2018

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
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2012-2016) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of New York.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 202 suburbs to evaluate around New York.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 202 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, Scarsdale.

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.

1. Scarsdale

Scarsdale, New York

Population: 17,684
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Median Home Price: $1,318,500
Median Income: $250,000
More on Scarsdale: Real Estate | Data
Scarsdale is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the New York area. We’ll tell you the good about ‘Awesome Scarsdale.’

Everyone here is rich; families average $250,000 a year, which is the 1st highest in the New York region. And only 3.2% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,318,500 each.

2. Larchmont

Larchmont, New York

Source: Public domain

Population: 6,031
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Median Home Price: $1,060,700
Median Income: $152,483
More on Larchmont: Real Estate | Data
Larchmont is the second best ‘burb we looked at near New York for 2018.

It ranks 24th for incomes in the area and only 1.3% of residents lack insurance, good for 6th best.

3. Woodcliff Lake

Source: Public Domain

Population: 5,844
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Median Home Price: $756,100
Median Income: $150,862
More on Woodcliff Lake: Real Estate
Here in Woodcliff Lake, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the New York metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Woodcliff Lake.

4. North Hills

North Hills, New York

Population: 5,420
Unemployment Rate: 0.9%
Median Home Price: $957,600
Median Income: $123,798
More on North Hills: Real Estate | Data
North Hills ranks as the 4th best suburb of New York for 2018.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in North Hills and the schools are some of the best around.

5. Oyster Bay Cove


Population: 2,112
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Median Home Price: $1,506,900
Median Income: $204,107
More on Oyster Bay Cove: Real Estate | Data
Coming in as the fifth best is Oyster Bay Cove.

Oyster Bay Cove gets kudos for having the 7th most expensive homes in the New York area, where houses sell for an average of $1,506,900. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. Sands Point

Sands Point, New York

Population: 2,859
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Median Home Price: $2,000,000
Median Income: $231,667
More on Sands Point: Real Estate | Data
Sands Point is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 2.3% which is 5th best in the area.

According to online reports, Sands Point is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the New York area, meaning you need to get in soon.

7. Ho-Ho-Kus

Source: Public Domain

Population: 4,139
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Median Home Price: $716,800
Median Income: $163,988
More on Ho-Ho-Kus: Real Estate
The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Ho-Ho-Kus.

Ho-Ho-Kus schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it’s only 24.6 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

8. North Caldwell

Source: Public Domain

Population: 6,519
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Median Home Price: $713,500
Median Income: $188,897
More on North Caldwell: Real Estate
North Caldwell is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 0.3% of people lack insurance, good for 1st in the area.

9. Fair Haven


Population: 6,033
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Median Home Price: $664,500
Median Income: $161,131
More on Fair Haven: Real Estate | Data
Is ‘Everything Better In Fair Haven?’

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

10. Lawrence

Lawrence, New York

Population: 6,526
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Median Home Price: $856,000
Median Income: $140,221
More on Lawrence: Real Estate | Data
And rounding out the top ten for 2018 is Lawrence.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Welcome to the Best New York ‘Burbs of 2018

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 New York City Suburbs

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 Scarsdale 17,684 3.2% $1,318,500 $250,000
2 Larchmont 6,031 6.0% $1,060,700 $152,483
3 Woodcliff Lake 5,844 2.4% $756,100 $150,862
4 North Hills 5,420 0.9% $957,600 $123,798
5 Oyster Bay Cove 2,112 1.9% $1,506,900 $204,107
6 Sands Point 2,859 2.3% $2,000,000 $231,667
7 Ho-Ho-Kus 4,139 4.0% $716,800 $163,988
8 North Caldwell 6,519 3.8% $713,500 $188,897
9 Fair Haven 6,033 5.6% $664,500 $161,131
10 Lawrence 6,526 2.3% $856,000 $140,221
11 Demarest 5,007 4.6% $652,800 $150,139
12 Munsey Park 2,719 9.6% $1,420,000 $222,083
13 Westfield 30,438 5.3% $689,400 $150,486
14 Bronxville 6,395 8.5% $995,100 $203,036
15 Chatham 9,030 3.8% $729,000 $150,625
16 East Williston 2,581 5.9% $791,100 $141,250
17 Pelham Manor 5,564 5.2% $854,700 $158,788
18 Rye 15,949 4.9% $1,107,000 $162,394
19 Rumson 6,878 4.7% $956,600 $135,089
20 Haworth 3,446 3.8% $644,700 $168,371
21 Brookville 3,556 5.4% $1,835,200 $237,083
22 Glen Rock 11,887 5.5% $610,600 $159,247
23 Little Silver 5,922 3.5% $608,300 $137,652
24 Old Brookville 2,154 3.5% $1,753,500 $202,083
25 East Hills 7,072 4.8% $921,600 $167,917
26 Essex Fells 2,164 6.8% $832,400 $174,432
27 Old Westbury 4,582 4.5% $1,675,000 $164,286
28 Glen Ridge 7,615 5.7% $593,300 $170,839
29 Upper Saddle River 8,301 6.3% $905,100 $171,747
30 Stewart Manor 2,018 3.9% $508,800 $115,313
31 Pelham 6,996 4.0% $628,500 $136,389
32 Irvington 6,559 2.3% $648,300 $127,045
33 Floral Park 16,189 5.3% $499,300 $103,644
34 Great Neck Estates 2,820 1.3% $1,230,500 $152,614
35 Sea Cliff 5,069 4.1% $650,700 $114,048
36 Ardsley 4,570 3.5% $616,000 $143,906
37 Shrewsbury 4,000 4.3% $528,500 $116,071
38 Ridgewood 25,430 5.8% $724,400 $144,734
39 Malverne 8,556 4.5% $434,400 $105,213
40 Bayville 6,745 3.2% $506,900 $100,078
41 Franklin Lakes 10,810 5.4% $944,900 $160,000
42 Ramsey 15,000 6.1% $559,900 $133,702
43 Massapequa Park 17,176 6.8% $444,400 $117,934
44 Oradell 8,160 6.0% $560,100 $145,761
45 Fanwood 7,530 7.2% $422,700 $119,383
46 Englewood Cliffs 5,405 2.9% $984,700 $131,936
47 Hoboken 53,136 4.0% $621,300 $118,479
48 New Providence 12,434 4.4% $576,000 $139,375
49 Monmouth Beach 3,249 4.5% $663,800 $105,391
50 Rockville Centre 24,262 5.9% $608,600 $102,807
51 East Rockaway 9,815 5.4% $443,600 $92,369
52 Allendale 6,767 7.8% $680,000 $151,641
53 Norwood 5,828 4.3% $610,000 $112,031
54 Watchung 5,944 2.4% $752,700 $126,250
55 Cresskill 8,745 4.2% $540,700 $117,164
56 Williston Park 7,282 5.1% $484,300 $104,750
57 Tenafly 14,821 5.4% $750,800 $144,353
58 Harrington Park 4,790 3.7% $600,900 $136,313
59 Hastings-On-Hudson 7,959 6.2% $627,100 $116,798
60 Lake Success 3,084 5.0% $1,150,500 $179,531
61 Piermont 2,565 3.2% $619,900 $101,500
62 Madison 16,090 5.1% $681,900 $120,608
63 Flower Hill 4,764 3.7% $1,077,500 $188,958
64 Metuchen 13,791 5.2% $393,500 $112,561
65 Summit 21,895 4.8% $822,000 $136,491
66 Mountainside 6,835 6.7% $622,000 $122,500
67 River Edge 11,586 3.0% $470,100 $111,250
68 Great Neck 10,183 4.8% $763,600 $92,367
69 Silver Lake 2,452 2.4% $198,100 $94,500
70 Midland Park 7,283 3.1% $456,000 $99,436
71 Thomaston 2,737 7.7% $754,900 $119,760
72 Waldwick 9,922 5.0% $428,600 $110,089
73 Florham Park 11,787 5.3% $606,700 $116,528
74 Closter 8,650 6.3% $637,200 $128,674
75 Kings Point 5,140 4.9% $1,724,800 $131,027
76 Mineola 19,071 3.0% $438,900 $89,706
77 Edgewater 11,998 5.2% $533,700 $102,355
78 Hillsdale 10,454 5.0% $515,800 $118,138
79 South Nyack 3,551 6.5% $450,300 $97,898
80 Saddle River 3,241 7.5% $1,784,500 $131,845
81 Cedarhurst 6,652 7.1% $530,500 $94,417
82 Dobbs Ferry 11,058 6.4% $618,200 $120,631
83 Fair Lawn 33,205 5.3% $396,800 $102,716
84 Oakland 13,041 5.0% $438,500 $112,917
85 Dumont 17,788 5.1% $358,300 $96,395
86 Park Ridge 8,854 6.8% $533,500 $103,700
87 Farmingdale 8,532 4.4% $369,700 $79,291
88 New Hyde Park 9,854 6.9% $483,100 $108,313
89 Roseland 5,875 5.5% $477,200 $96,250
90 Paramus 26,795 5.4% $565,300 $101,793
91 Garwood 4,315 5.8% $372,500 $74,521
92 Port Washington North 3,225 5.5% $771,300 $100,547
93 Westwood 11,170 4.9% $437,800 $89,817
94 Lynbrook 19,584 6.7% $423,600 $81,077
95 Old Tappan 5,942 8.5% $740,400 $133,750
96 Manorhaven 6,601 6.8% $561,500 $89,144
97 Roslyn 2,808 5.6% $436,500 $93,606
98 Wood-Ridge 8,109 7.2% $383,600 $100,169
99 Caldwell 7,967 6.6% $423,100 $75,583
100 Great Neck Plaza 6,924 6.8% $331,500 $66,384

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