Best Small Towns In New York For 2020


We used science and data to determine which small towns in New York are the best of the best.

This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. This is our sixth time ranking the best small places to live in New York.

You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in New York, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Empire State and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in New York based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.

We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in New York ranked the based–you know, based on science.

Before we get to the top 15, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in New York for 2020.

What’s the best small town in New York? Pittsford is the best small town in New York based on the most recent Census data. If you live in one of these small towns like Pittsford, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list.

For more reading on the Empire State check out:

The 15 Best Small Towns In New York For 2020

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 1,667
Median Income: $98,295 (104th Best)
Median Home Value: $238,100 (172nd Best)
More on Pittsford: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,184
Median Income: $171,250 (24th Best)
Median Home Value: $1,360,600 (15th Best)
More on Kensington: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,671
Median Income: $152,500 (32nd Best)
Median Home Value: $597,800 (65th Best)
More on Halesite: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,154
Median Income: $89,762 (135th Best)
Median Home Value: $232,000 (179th Best)
More on Orchard Park: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,188
Median Income: $250,001 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $1,146,500 (21st Best)
More on Roslyn Estates: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,895
Median Income: $124,773 (55th Best)
Median Home Value: $732,200 (46th Best)
More on Katonah: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,719
Median Income: $250,001 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $1,533,900 (10th Best)
More on Munsey Park: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 4,103
Median Income: $123,889 (57th Best)
Median Home Value: $604,100 (64th Best)
More on Thornwood: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 4,611
Median Income: $96,220 (111th Best)
Median Home Value: $243,900 (168th Best)
More on East Greenbush: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,090
Median Income: $249,583 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $1,105,500 (23rd Best)
More on Hewlett Harbor: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,902
Median Income: $156,429 (29th Best)
Median Home Value: $627,200 (59th Best)
More on East Norwich: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,120
Median Income: $123,194 (59th Best)
Median Home Value: $286,700 (139th Best)
More on Country Knolls: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,183
Median Income: $218,603 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $941,800 (28th Best)
More on Great Neck Gardens: Data | Homes For Sale

Highland Falls, NY

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 3,827
Median Income: $82,713 (152nd Best)
Median Home Value: $220,300 (195th Best)
More on Highland Falls: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,251
Median Income: $250,001 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $2,000,001 (1st Best)
More on Plandome: Data | Homes For Sale

How We Determined The Coolest Towns In New York

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2014-2018 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 456 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 456, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in New York. Top of that list — Pittsford. You can download the data here.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 15 best small towns in New York.

Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 15 small towns in New York are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in New York:

  1. Loch Sheldrake
  2. Whitehall
  3. Friendship

For more new york reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In New York

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Pittsford, NY 1,667 $98,295.0 $238,100.0
2 Kensington, NY 1,184 $171,250.0 $1,360,600.0
3 Halesite, NY 2,671 $152,500.0 $597,800.0
4 Orchard Park, NY 3,154 $89,762.0 $232,000.0
5 Roslyn Estates, NY 1,188 $250,001.0 $1,146,500.0
6 Katonah, NY 1,895 $124,773.0 $732,200.0
7 Munsey Park, NY 2,719 $250,001.0 $1,533,900.0
8 Thornwood, NY 4,103 $123,889.0 $604,100.0
9 East Greenbush, NY 4,611 $96,220.0 $243,900.0
10 Hewlett Harbor, NY 1,090 $249,583.0 $1,105,500.0
11 East Norwich, NY 2,902 $156,429.0 $627,200.0
12 Country Knolls, NY 2,120 $123,194.0 $286,700.0
13 Great Neck Gardens, NY 1,183 $218,603.0 $941,800.0
14 Highland Falls, NY 3,827 $82,713.0 $220,300.0
15 Plandome, NY 1,251 $250,001.0 $2,000,001.0
16 Manhasset Hills, NY 3,594 $136,375.0 $840,800.0
17 Oyster Bay Cove, NY 2,170 $233,750.0 $1,506,800.0
18 Brightwaters, NY 3,069 $122,857.0 $498,800.0
19 East Williston, NY 2,576 $176,328.0 $841,500.0
20 Victor, NY 2,733 $79,138.0 $188,000.0
21 East Atlantic Beach, NY 1,971 $133,974.0 $644,600.0
22 Skaneateles, NY 2,411 $96,544.0 $346,000.0
23 Flower Hill, NY 4,795 $185,341.0 $1,333,300.0
24 Cayuga Heights, NY 3,722 $106,283.0 $383,100.0
25 Chappaqua, NY 1,459 $218,803.0 $639,400.0
26 Piermont, NY 2,543 $117,857.0 $560,300.0
27 Bedford, NY 2,074 $201,821.0 $868,100.0
28 Greenvale, NY 1,705 $133,586.0 $623,900.0
29 Bardonia, NY 3,839 $130,647.0 $562,300.0
30 Clarence Center, NY 3,125 $119,135.0 $284,400.0
31 Glenwood Landing, NY 3,910 $122,031.0 $620,200.0
32 Great Neck Estates, NY 2,841 $148,939.0 $1,356,100.0
33 Merritt Park, NY 1,776 $127,474.0 $399,700.0
34 Atlantic Beach, NY 1,398 $139,250.0 $759,100.0
35 Bellport, NY 2,008 $105,250.0 $446,200.0
36 Sands Point, NY 2,857 $250,001.0 $2,000,001.0
37 Lido Beach, NY 3,009 $164,063.0 $651,300.0
38 Upper Nyack, NY 2,174 $134,722.0 $523,700.0
39 Lake Success, NY 3,102 $190,500.0 $1,192,800.0
40 Bellerose, NY 1,178 $165,750.0 $631,600.0
41 Montebello, NY 4,616 $136,424.0 $591,100.0
42 Upper Brookville, NY 1,607 $211,250.0 $1,779,400.0
43 Shenorock, NY 2,179 $116,053.0 $380,700.0
44 Garden City South, NY 4,322 $132,500.0 $535,200.0
45 Westvale, NY 4,964 $79,558.0 $149,200.0
46 Armonk, NY 4,381 $195,982.0 $930,500.0
47 Stewart Manor, NY 2,191 $126,618.0 $592,200.0
48 Spackenkill, NY 4,239 $124,338.0 $281,200.0
49 Niskayuna, NY 4,882 $111,053.0 $215,600.0
50 Clinton, NY 1,636 $76,827.0 $188,700.0
51 South Nyack, NY 3,517 $101,641.0 $498,100.0
52 Harbor Isle, NY 1,163 $119,750.0 $465,900.0
53 Fayetteville, NY 4,133 $84,797.0 $184,400.0
54 Village Of The Branch, NY 1,770 $135,208.0 $529,900.0
55 Southampton, NY 3,263 $101,316.0 $1,252,900.0
56 Cortland West, NY 1,245 $82,063.0 $203,300.0
57 Ardsley, NY 4,534 $132,778.0 $638,300.0
58 Sparkill, NY 1,785 $117,273.0 $446,700.0
59 Searingtown, NY 4,547 $153,295.0 $846,000.0
60 Laurel Hollow, NY 1,993 $250,001.0 $1,448,900.0
61 Herricks, NY 4,074 $139,309.0 $647,000.0
62 Brookville, NY 3,564 $250,001.0 $1,813,600.0
63 West Nyack, NY 3,876 $146,333.0 $464,500.0
64 Hawthorne, NY 4,510 $95,759.0 $547,400.0
65 Northville, NY 1,455 $93,326.0 $446,300.0
66 University Gardens, NY 4,202 $115,536.0 $750,500.0
67 Lattin, NY 1,827 $145,625.0 $1,059,200.0
68 South Hempstead, NY 3,123 $106,442.0 $428,700.0
69 Manlius, NY 4,520 $65,179.0 $194,800.0
70 Nissequogue, NY 1,574 $178,000.0 $992,600.0
71 Lloyd Harbor, NY 3,676 $215,962.0 $1,498,600.0
72 Old Brookville, NY 1,695 $209,375.0 $1,735,700.0
73 Mill Neck, NY 1,011 $204,083.0 $1,428,600.0
74 Glen Head, NY 4,983 $120,500.0 $621,900.0
75 West Bay Shore, NY 4,853 $132,069.0 $418,700.0
76 Eatons Neck, NY 1,474 $133,750.0 $718,600.0
77 Cooper, NY 1,886 $66,250.0 $301,500.0
78 Minoa, NY 3,474 $56,405.0 $136,000.0
79 Shelter Island, NY 1,695 $81,904.0 $721,300.0
80 Roslyn, NY 2,852 $105,000.0 $396,200.0
81 Hartsdale, NY 4,822 $89,211.0 $280,200.0
82 East Ithaca, NY 2,041 $52,525.0 $221,600.0
83 Huntington Bay, NY 1,366 $185,833.0 $1,137,000.0
84 Hamilton, NY 3,860 $64,107.0 $232,900.0
85 Mattituck, NY 4,704 $93,611.0 $575,100.0
86 Heritage Hills, NY 4,176 $80,687.0 $429,700.0
87 New Hartford, NY 1,731 $68,950.0 $155,200.0
88 Bellerose Terrace, NY 2,055 $106,607.0 $442,300.0
89 Elma Center, NY 3,043 $89,911.0 $268,200.0
90 Laurel, NY 1,080 $98,409.0 $549,800.0
91 Fort Montgomery, NY 1,586 $93,750.0 $264,600.0
92 Crown Heights, NY 2,834 $82,798.0 $218,700.0
93 Mutto, NY 3,655 $220,694.0 $1,613,700.0
94 Voorheesville, NY 2,806 $93,794.0 $232,500.0
95 North Great River, NY 3,934 $85,491.0 $355,200.0
96 Wheatley Heights, NY 4,921 $117,692.0 $392,300.0
97 Lansing, NY 3,535 $59,329.0 $297,400.0
98 Northeast Ithaca, NY 2,881 $65,893.0 $258,400.0
99 Crompond, NY 2,307 $133,482.0 $494,100.0
100 Peach Lake, NY 1,804 $119,737.0 $403,400.0

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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.