These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In New York For 2019


We analyzed over 49 places in New York to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best places to retire in New York.

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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 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.

Where exactly in New York is the best place to retire? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data — which returns Ogdensburg as the best place to hang up your cleats.

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 2019:

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 best places to retire in America.

For New York state reading:

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Empire State for 2019

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 — 1186 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 10,000 people that weren’t townships. This left us with 49 places from across the state.

For these 49, 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 49, 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.

Ogdensburg, NY

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,937
Rank Last Year: 23 (Up 22)
Median Rent: $591
Distance to Closest Airport: 1 miles
More on Ogdensburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ogdensburg is a city in St. Lawrence County, New York, United States. The population was 11,128 at the 2010 census. In the late 18th century, European-American settlers named the community after American land owner and developer Samuel Ogden.

North Tonawanda, NY

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 30,935
Rank Last Year: 115 (Up 113)
Median Rent: $665
Distance to Closest Airport: 5 miles
More on North Tonawanda: Real Estate | Data | Photos

North Tonawanda is a city in Niagara County, New York, United States. The population was 31,568 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Buffalo-Niagara Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city is named after Tonawanda Creek, its south border. Tonawanda in the Seneca tongue means “Swift Running Water”.

Beacon, NY

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 14,289
Rank Last Year: 57 (Up 54)
Median Rent: $1,109
Distance to Closest Airport: 7 miles
More on Beacon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Canandaigua, NY

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 10,460
Rank Last Year: 87 (Up 83)
Median Rent: $799
Distance to Closest Airport: 25 miles
More on Canandaigua: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Tonawanda, NY

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 57,844
Rank Last Year:
Median Rent: $791
Distance to Closest Airport: 7 miles
More on Tonawanda: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Tonawanda is a city in Erie County, New York, United States. The population was 15,130 at the 2010 census. It is at the northern edge of Erie County, south across the Erie Canal from North Tonawanda, and north of Buffalo, New York. It is part of the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area.

Rye, NY

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 15,949
Rank Last Year: 159 (Up 153)
Median Rent: $2,025
Distance to Closest Airport: 21 miles
More on Rye: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Lockport, NY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 20,722
Rank Last Year: 44 (Up 37)
Median Rent: $678
Distance to Closest Airport: 13 miles
More on Lockport: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lockport is a city in Niagara County, New York, United States. The population was 21,165 at the 2010 census. It is so named from a set of Erie Canal locks within the city. Lockport is the county seat of Niagara County and is surrounded by the town of Lockport. It is part of the Buffalo-Niagara Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Cohoes, NY

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 16,411
Rank Last Year: 84 (Up 76)
Median Rent: $845
Distance to Closest Airport: 5 miles
More on Cohoes: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cohoes, New York is an incorporated city located at the northeast corner of Albany County in the U.S. state of New York. It is called the “Spindle City” because of the importance of textile manufacturing to its growth in the 19th century. The city’s factories processed cotton from the Deep South, produced on plantations in the slave states.

Long Beach, NY

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 33,670
Rank Last Year: 133 (Up 124)
Median Rent: $1,717
Distance to Closest Airport: 7 miles
More on Long Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Long Beach is a city in Nassau County, New York, United States. Just south of Long Island, it is located on Long Beach Barrier Island, which is the westernmost of the outer barrier islands off Long Island’s South Shore. As of the United States 2010 Census, the city population was 33,275. It was incorporated in 1922, and is nicknamed The City By the Sea.

Olean, NY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,991
Rank Last Year: 62 (Up 52)
Median Rent: $608
Distance to Closest Airport: 61 miles
More on Olean: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Olean is a city in Cattaraugus County, New York, United States. Olean is the largest city in Cattaraugus County and serves as its financial, business, transportation and entertainment center. It is one of the principal cities of the Southern Tier region of New York.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire In New York 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:

  1. Middletown
  2. White Plains
  3. Ithaca

For more New York reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places To Retire In New York

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Ogdensburg 10,937 $591
2 North Tonawanda 30,935 $665
3 Beacon 14,289 $1,109
4 Canandaigua 10,460 $799
5 Tonawanda 57,844 $791
6 Rye 15,949 $2,025
7 Lockport 20,722 $678
8 Cohoes 16,411 $845
9 Long Beach 33,670 $1,717
10 Olean 13,991 $608
11 Oneida 11,186 $653
12 Port Washington 15,925 $1,804
13 Peekskill 23,977 $1,324
14 Batavia 15,012 $730
15 Poughkeepsie 30,511 $1,033
16 Saratoga Springs 27,447 $1,069
17 Lackawanna 17,992 $604
18 Niagara Falls 49,180 $648
19 Cortland 19,018 $694
20 Corning 10,978 $722
21 Dunkirk 12,186 $641
22 Schenectady 65,554 $815
23 Kingston 23,506 $1,018
24 Glen Cove 27,246 $1,728
25 Auburn 27,101 $679
26 Glens Falls 14,422 $821
27 Geneva 13,136 $709
28 Watervliet 10,207 $847
29 Syracuse 144,350 $737
30 Jamestown 30,345 $590
31 Amsterdam 18,063 $747
32 Albany 98,425 $875
33 New Rochelle 79,299 $1,382
34 Elmira 28,583 $672
35 Yonkers 199,725 $1,252
36 Rome 32,673 $722
37 Troy 49,881 $848
38 Watertown 26,997 $801
39 Buffalo 258,989 $710
40 Rochester 210,291 $779
41 Gloversville 15,158 $686
42 Newburgh 28,406 $1,094
43 New York 8,461,961 $1,294
44 Utica 61,337 $664
45 Binghamton 46,277 $661
46 Mount Vernon 68,217 $1,216
47 Ithaca 30,625 $1,029
48 White Plains 57,925 $1,607
49 Middletown 27,601 $1,101

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