These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In New York For 2018


We analyzed over 51 places in New York to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.

But not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of New York.

But where exactly in New York? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data.

To that end, we have tried to identify the places in New York that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.

What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in Ogdensburg don’t mind us spreading the word.

Here are our top ten places in the Empire State to retire for 2018:

  1. Ogdensburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. North Tonawanda (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Beacon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Canandaigua (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Tonawanda (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Tonawanda (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Rye (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Lockport (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Cohoes (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Long Beach (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Why did Ogdensburg take the top spot? And where are New York and Buffalo?

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details. Or check out the purely worst and best places to live in New York.

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How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Empire State

To create our list of the best places in New York to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Empire State with a population of at least 5,000 that aren’t townships.

This left us with 50 places from across the state.

For these 50, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 50, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Ogdensburg, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.

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1. Ogdensburg

Ogdensburg, New York

Population: 10,937
Median Rent: $591
Distance to Closest Airport: 1 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,501
More on Ogdensburg: Homes For Sale | Data
This was ancient territory for thousands of years of indigenous peoples of varying cultures. By 1000 CE, Iroquoian-speaking people were settling along the St. Lawrence River and practicing agriculture, as well as hunting and fishing. The earliest French explorers recorded Stadacona and Hochelaga as villages of these people in the early 16th century. By the end of the century, later explorers found the villages utterly abandoned with no signs of life.

2. North Tonawanda

North Tonawanda, New York

Source: Public domain’

Population: 30,935
Median Rent: $665
Distance to Closest Airport: 5 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,968
More on North Tonawanda: Homes For Sale | Data
After the first settlers arrived in 1809, North Tonawanda became part of the town of Wheatfield, New York in Niagara County, from May 1836. An abortive attempt at a village containing portions in two counties and two towns from January 1854 until April 1857, it was part of the Niagara County/Town of Wheatfield component, with the other portion in Erie County and the Town of Tonawanda. The experiment was abandoned after New York State removed the village’s North Tonawanda component. Oral history claims a dispute between merchants was the cause, but the combination of communities in two counties and two towns was unwieldy. After becoming a village on May 8, 1865 (still in the Town of Wheatfield, but as part of Martinsville, New York), North Tonawanda was incorporated as a City on April 24, 1897.

3. Beacon

Beacon, New York

Population: 14,289
Median Rent: $1,109
Distance to Closest Airport: 7 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,001
More on Beacon: Homes For Sale | Data
In 1683, the land that would come to include the City of Beacon was purchased from the Wappinger tribe by Francis Rombout and Gulian Verplanck, merchant-fur traders from New York City. The sale was confirmed, in 1685 by royal patent issued in the names of Rombout, Jacobus Kipp (as successor to the deceased Verplanck, and Stephanus Van Cortlandt. Rombout died in 1691, leaving his share to his daughter, Catharyna, who later married Roger Brett, an officer in the Royal Navy. The Rombout Patent was partitioned in 1706 with Catharyna Brett receiving about 28,000 acres along the Vis Kill. In 1708 the Bretts re-located upriver from the family home on Broadway to an area near the mouth of the Fishkill Creek and built a grist mill on the lower creek. In June 1718, Roger Brett was drowned when his sloop encountered a fierce squall near Fishkill Landing while returning from New York with supplies. Thereafter Catharyna Brett continued to manage her holdings, becoming a well-respected businesswoman.

4. Canandaigua

Canandaigua, New York

Population: 10,460
Median Rent: $799
Distance to Closest Airport: 25 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,523
More on Canandaigua: Homes For Sale | Data
Developed near Canandaigua Lake at the site of the historic Seneca village Ganandogan, by the mid-19th century Canandaigua was an important railroad junction and home port for several steamboats that operated on the lake. After the Civil War, local industries included two brick works, the Lisk Manufacturing Company, several mills, and the regionally prominent McKechnie Brewery. The shire town of the original county of western New York, Canandaigua was the site of the Susan B. Anthony trial in 1873, on charges of voting illegally.

5. Tonawanda

Tonawanda, New York

Population: 57,844
Median Rent: $791
Distance to Closest Airport: 7 miles
Crime Per 100k: 684
More on Tonawanda: Homes For Sale | Data
Post-Revolutionary War European-American settlement at Tonawanda began with Henry Anguish, who built a log home in 1808. He added to the hamlet in 1811 with a tavern, both on the south side of Tonawanda Creek where it empties into the Niagara River. The hamlet grew slowly until the opening of the Erie Canal, completed in the course of the creek in 1825. The Town of Tonawanda was incorporated in 1836. The Erie Canal and the railroads that soon followed it provided economic opportunity. By the end of the 19th century, both sides of the canal were devoted to businesses as part of a leading lumber processing center. In the mid-19th century, the business center of Tonawanda was incorporated as a village within the town. The village united in a corporation with North Tonawanda across the canal. This corporation fell apart, and in 1904 the village was incorporated as the City of Tonawanda.

6. Tonawanda

Tonawanda, New York

Population: 57,844
Median Rent: $791
Distance to Closest Airport: 7 miles
Crime Per 100k: 684
More on Tonawanda: Homes For Sale | Data
Post-Revolutionary War European-American settlement at Tonawanda began with Henry Anguish, who built a log home in 1808. He added to the hamlet in 1811 with a tavern, both on the south side of Tonawanda Creek where it empties into the Niagara River. The hamlet grew slowly until the opening of the Erie Canal, completed in the course of the creek in 1825. The Town of Tonawanda was incorporated in 1836. The Erie Canal and the railroads that soon followed it provided economic opportunity. By the end of the 19th century, both sides of the canal were devoted to businesses as part of a leading lumber processing center. In the mid-19th century, the business center of Tonawanda was incorporated as a village within the town. The village united in a corporation with North Tonawanda across the canal. This corporation fell apart, and in 1904 the village was incorporated as the City of Tonawanda.

7. Rye

Rye, New York

Population: 15,949
Median Rent: $2,025
Distance to Closest Airport: 21 miles
Crime Per 100k: 395
More on Rye: Homes For Sale | Data
Rye was at one time a part of Fairfield County, Connecticut, which was a belonging of the Sachem Ponus, of the Ponus Wekuwuhm, Canaan Parish, and which was probably named for that chieftain, ‘Peningoe Neck’. The oldest house in the city, the Timothy Knapp House, is owned by the Rye Historical Society and dates in its original version to around 1667. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. The Historical Society also owns a former inn/tavern built in 1730, known today as the Square House, which it operates as a museum. George Washington stayed at the inn on two separate occasions, remarking favorably on his experience in his diaries.

8. Lockport

Lockport, New York

Source: Public domain’

Population: 20,722
Median Rent: $678
Distance to Closest Airport: 13 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,638
More on Lockport: Homes For Sale | Data
The New York State Legislature authorized the Erie Canal’s construction in April 1816. The route proposed by surveyors was to traverse an area in central Niagara County, New York, which was then ‘uncivilized’ and free of White settlers. At the time, the nearest settlers were in nearby Cold Springs, New York. As it became known where the proposed canal was to be built, land speculators began to buy large plots along and near the proposed route of the canal. By December 1820, when the exact location of the step locks had been determined, the area that would become Lockport was owned by only fifteen men, many of whom were Quakers.

9. Cohoes

Cohoes, New York

Population: 16,411
Median Rent: $845
Distance to Closest Airport: 5 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,523
More on Cohoes: Homes For Sale | Data
In the early years of Dutch colonial settlement, the majority of the city’s territory was once part of the area of Manor of Rensselaerswyck, a feudal-style manor or patroonship. The land north of a line crossing the Cohoes Falls (today Manor Avenue) was outside the Manor and was owned by the Van Olohde family between 1725 and 1750. Rensselaerswyck was established by Killiaen Van Rensselaer, the patroon and a Dutch merchant. In 1632 he had an agent pace off an enormous triangle-shaped area around the confluence of the Mohawk and Hudson rivers, from the Peebles Island northwest to the Cohoes Falls and south to today’s Watervliet; this area was the core of the future city of Cohoes. Starting in the 1690s the Patroon began to issue leases for the area of Cohoes, reserving for himself a strip below the Cohoes Falls for the future site of mills powered by water.

10. Long Beach

Long Beach, New York

Source: Public domain’

Population: 33,670
Median Rent: $1,717
Distance to Closest Airport: 7 miles
Crime Per 100k: 905
More on Long Beach: Homes For Sale | Data
Long Beach’s first inhabitants were the Algonquian-speaking Rockaway Indians, who sold the area to English colonists in 1643. While the barrier island was used by baymen and farmers, for fishing and harvesting salt hay, no one lived there year-round for more than two centuries.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…

So there you have it, the best place to retire in New York goes to Ogdensburg.

If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  • Middletown
  • White Plains
  • Ithaca

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In New York

City Rank Population Median Rent Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
Ogdensburg 1 10,937 $591 1 3,501
North Tonawanda 2 30,935 $665 5 1,968
Beacon 3 14,289 $1109 7 2,001
Canandaigua 4 10,460 $799 25 2,523
Tonawanda 5 57,844 $791 7 684
Tonawanda 6 57,844 $791 7 684
Rye 7 15,949 $2025 21 395
Lockport 8 20,722 $678 13 3,638
Cohoes 9 16,411 $845 5 1,523
Long Beach 10 33,670 $1717 7 905
Olean 11 13,991 $608 61 3,373
Oneida 12 11,186 $653 22 4,282
Port Washington 13 15,925 $1804 13 640
Peekskill 14 23,977 $1324 17 834
Batavia 15 15,012 $730 26 3,843
Poughkeepsie 16 30,511 $1033 16 2,730
Saratoga Springs 17 27,447 $1069 22 2,153
Lackawanna 18 17,992 $604 9 3,018
Niagara Falls 19 49,180 $648 3 6,032
Cortland 20 19,018 $694 35 1,913
Corning 21 10,978 $722 73 3,461
Dunkirk 22 12,186 $641 44 2,543
Schenectady 23 65,554 $815 7 4,111
Kingston 24 23,506 $1018 29 2,382
Glen Cove 25 27,246 $1728 18 458
Auburn 26 27,101 $679 26 3,442
Glens Falls 27 14,422 $821 39 1,754
Geneva 28 13,136 $709 39 2,390
Watervliet 29 10,207 $847 5 2,204
Syracuse 30 144,350 $737 5 3,958
Jamestown 31 30,345 $590 48 4,244
Amsterdam 32 18,063 $747 23 1,921
Albany 33 98,425 $875 5 4,377
New Rochelle 34 79,299 $1382 19 1,698
Elmira 35 28,583 $672 76 4,096
Yonkers 36 199,725 $1252 21 1,568
Rome 37 32,673 $722 96 2,053
Troy 38 49,881 $848 6 4,318
Watertown 39 26,997 $801 5 5,007
Buffalo 40 258,989 $710 7 5,195
Rochester 41 210,291 $779 4 4,592
Gloversville 42 15,158 $686 34 3,542
Newburgh 43 28,406 $1094 4 4,534
New York 44 8,461,961 $1294 8 2,061
Utica 45 61,337 $664 44 4,315
Binghamton 46 46,277 $661 53 4,747
Mount Vernon 47 68,217 $1216 19 2,474
Ithaca 48 30,625 $1029 50 3,154
White Plains 49 57,925 $1607 26 1,816
Middletown 50 27,601 $1101 61 2,949

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