These Are The 10 Best Small Towns In New York


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

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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. Here are the 10 Best Small Towns in New York (in which to live):

  1. Hewlett Neck
  2. Woodsburgh
  3. Poquott
  4. Belle Terre
  5. Baxter Estates
  6. Hammondsport
  7. Russell Gardens
  8. Roslyn Harbor
  9. Matinecock
  10. Lake George

If you live in one of these small towns like Hewlett Neck, 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. Or feel free to check out the worst small towns in New York.

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How We Determined The Best Small Towns In New York

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 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)
  • High School Dropouts (Lower is better)
  • Crime Rates (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 160 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 160, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in New York. Top of that list — Hewlett Neck.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 10 best small towns in New York.

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1. Hewlett Neck


Population 2014: 399
Median Income: $237,500
Median Home Price: $1,150,200
Crime Per 100k: 796

2. Woodsburgh


Population 2014: 690
Median Income: $153,750
Median Home Price: $985,300
Crime Per 100k: 796

3. Poquott


Population 2014: 1,050
Median Income: $146,250
Median Home Price: $667,700
Crime Per 100k: 277

4. Belle Terre


Population 2014: 898
Median Income: $172,361
Median Home Price: $927,600
Crime Per 100k: 796

5. Baxter Estates


Population 2014: 1,053
Median Income: $114,286
Median Home Price: $808,300
Crime Per 100k: 277

6. Hammondsport


Population 2014: 695
Median Income: $63,424
Median Home Price: $135,500
Crime Per 100k: 1,538

7. Russell Gardens


Population 2014: 796
Median Income: $131,667
Median Home Price: $1,150,000
Crime Per 100k: 796

8. Roslyn Harbor


Population 2014: 1,106
Median Income: $201,875
Median Home Price: $1,255,000
Crime Per 100k: 277

9. Matinecock


Population 2014: 876
Median Income: $194,250
Median Home Price: $1,050,000
Crime Per 100k: 796

10. Lake George


Population 2014: 975
Median Income: $58,214
Median Home Price: $237,300
Crime Per 100k: 2,139

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 10 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. Altmar
  2. Cherry Creek
  3. Richburg

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In New York

City Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price Crime Per 100k
Hewlett Neck 1 399 $237,500 $1,150,200 796
Woodsburgh 2 690 $153,750 $985,300 796
Poquott 3 1,050 $146,250 $667,700 277
Belle Terre 4 898 $172,361 $927,600 796
Baxter Estates 5 1,053 $114,286 $808,300 277
Hammondsport 6 695 $63,424 $135,500 1,538
Russell Gardens 7 796 $131,667 $1,150,000 796
Roslyn Harbor 8 1,106 $201,875 $1,255,000 277
Matinecock 9 876 $194,250 $1,050,000 796
Lake George 10 975 $58,214 $237,300 2,139
Old Field 11 874 $192,000 $1,350,000 796
North Haven 12 942 $120,391 $1,458,000 796
Round Lake 13 481 $86,042 $191,600 2,012
Delanson 14 352 $72,083 $173,500 2,502
Evans Mills 15 821 $65,313 $156,300 2,684
Barneveld 16 236 $53,125 $113,800 2,718
Asharoken 17 632 $105,833 $1,100,500 915
Esperance 18 513 $64,722 $167,000 2,632
Valley Falls 19 503 $77,083 $163,100 2,259
Mill Neck 20 856 $159,063 $2,150,000 796
Aurora 21 652 $71,875 $180,200 2,701
Nelsonville 22 770 $86,250 $409,400 1,418
North Hornell 23 777 $54,875 $97,600 2,760
Holland Patent 24 476 $56,875 $129,900 2,791
Elba 25 703 $71,912 $112,700 2,626
Poland 26 517 $61,000 $109,200 2,751
Quogue 27 693 $73,295 $911,000 2,953
Prospect 28 226 $59,821 $94,100 2,805
East Nassau 29 670 $61,563 $188,300 2,359
Brownville 30 979 $51,625 $128,100 430
Alexander 31 608 $56,806 $95,800 2,963
Bemus Point 32 247 $40,227 $179,200 2,239
Oneida Castle 33 698 $45,000 $114,900 2,784
Freeville 34 525 $60,750 $136,300 2,642
Milford 35 447 $46,250 $117,300 2,773
Fabius 36 409 $56,442 $114,500 2,716
Unionville 37 544 $57,656 $218,100 2,517
Candor 38 737 $59,792 $83,000 2,825
Millerton 39 768 $58,917 $235,500 2,181
Hillburn 40 917 $83,229 $343,200 1,858
Castile 41 1,177 $50,905 $83,000 1,045
Ames 42 177 $79,375 $91,700 2,741
Croghan 43 580 $33,750 $127,500 2,820
Franklin 44 342 $40,208 $158,300 2,728
Earlville 45 848 $55,833 $82,100 2,883
Fultonville 46 673 $53,839 $94,700 2,932
Victory 47 572 $52,750 $149,200 2,805
Fort Ann 48 505 $64,375 $126,400 2,826
Cayuga 49 529 $57,031 $103,600 2,816
Fort Johnson 50 511 $49,792 $95,000 2,693
Interlaken 51 657 $34,659 $81,100 495
Leicester 52 558 $63,250 $96,700 2,827
West Winfield 53 726 $48,333 $94,700 2,920
Speculator 54 291 $54,531 $177,100 2,297
Unadilla 55 1,016 $42,232 $100,800 1,048
Cape Vincent 56 599 $47,292 $150,400 2,501
Corfu 57 847 $53,454 $97,200 2,764
Galway 58 227 $50,833 $192,200 2,694
Mannsville 59 361 $57,292 $98,300 2,921
Glen Park 60 436 $53,281 $112,500 386
Jeffersonville 61 321 $43,482 $140,300 2,781
Deferiet 62 345 $58,393 $109,700 2,793
Arkport 63 952 $47,250 $77,800 3,257
Argyle 64 353 $47,083 $110,200 2,873
Schaghticoke 65 555 $37,422 $162,900 2,601
Ellicottville 66 234 $34,773 $227,400 1,225
Cassadaga 67 684 $62,083 $97,200 2,865
Fair Haven 68 752 $46,667 $111,200 2,563
Hannibal 69 734 $63,333 $85,800 3,008
Rushville 70 858 $62,647 $99,100 2,988
Madison 71 341 $34,250 $102,400 2,915
Hobart 72 475 $45,568 $125,500 2,725
Cherry Valley 73 514 $35,833 $119,200 2,797
Castorland 74 362 $43,594 $118,800 2,997
Wampsville 75 475 $60,781 $105,500 2,724
Morris 76 493 $41,518 $109,400 2,789
Ellisburg 77 260 $51,932 $168,100 2,721
Sylvan Beach 78 962 $47,917 $93,200 2,924
Meridian 79 294 $58,977 $98,100 2,937
Newport 80 421 $26,250 $89,400 2,986
Margaretville 81 465 $35,536 $156,300 2,620
Gilbertsville 82 322 $47,917 $161,800 2,610
Barker 83 685 $47,045 $90,100 3,107
Bloomingburg 84 393 $50,000 $172,000 2,725
Rensselaer Falls 85 365 $59,861 $65,000 3,037
Nichols 86 483 $58,050 $79,600 2,883
Sharon Springs 87 527 $54,545 $108,000 2,695
Lyons Falls 88 774 $48,672 $81,700 3,052
Andover 89 868 $46,172 $54,200 3,015
Odessa 90 589 $42,206 $96,100 3,005
Cato 91 565 $63,523 $88,700 3,023
Hancock 92 854 $34,609 $125,900 2,791
Angelica 93 977 $36,750 $73,800 827
Burke 94 179 $43,125 $73,300 2,336
Forestville 95 841 $26,000 $90,000 2,977
Salem 96 967 $43,370 $116,500 2,872
Parish 97 564 $60,000 $95,800 2,907
Heuvelton 98 771 $50,750 $74,300 2,986
Hunter 99 485 $33,684 $226,000 2,504
Spencer 100 960 $40,769 $97,500 2,981

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