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.

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.

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.

For New York state reading:

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

Source: Public domain
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

Source: Public domain
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.

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.

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:

Where Are 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

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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