These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In New York For 2018


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.

Before we get to the top 20, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in New York for 2018:

  1. Kensington (Homes For Sale)
  2. Katonah (Homes For Sale)
  3. Pittsford (Homes For Sale)
  4. Orchard Park (Homes For Sale)
  5. Clarence Center (Homes For Sale)
  6. Halesite (Homes For Sale)
  7. Cayuga Heights (Homes For Sale)
  8. East Greenbush (Homes For Sale)
  9. Manhasset Hills (Homes For Sale)
  10. Roslyn Estates (Homes For Sale)

If you live in one of these small towns like Kensington, 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.

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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 2012-2016 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 – 465 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 465, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in New York. Top of that list — Kensington.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 20 best small towns in New York.

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1. Kensington


Population: 1,176
Median Income: $175,625 (19th Best)
Median Home Value: $1,191,500 (16th Best)
More on Kensington: Data| Homes For Sale

2. Katonah


Population: 2,077
Median Income: $145,568 (28th Best)
Median Home Value: $685,500 (49th Best)
More on Katonah: Data| Homes For Sale

3. Pittsford


Population: 1,573
Median Income: $89,318 (108th Best)
Median Home Value: $238,600 (168th Best)
More on Pittsford: Data| Homes For Sale

4. Orchard Park


Population: 3,197
Median Income: $85,821 (127th Best)
Median Home Value: $227,300 (180th Best)
More on Orchard Park: Data| Homes For Sale

5. Clarence Center


Population: 2,341
Median Income: $102,031 (79th Best)
Median Home Value: $228,200 (178th Best)
More on Clarence Center: Data| Homes For Sale

6. Halesite


Population: 2,504
Median Income: $123,548 (51st Best)
Median Home Value: $541,800 (73rd Best)
More on Halesite: Data| Homes For Sale

7. Cayuga Heights


Population: 3,799
Median Income: $84,922 (136th Best)
Median Home Value: $331,000 (127th Best)
More on Cayuga Heights: Data| Homes For Sale

8. East Greenbush


Population: 4,960
Median Income: $87,984 (116th Best)
Median Home Value: $240,500 (165th Best)
More on East Greenbush: Data| Homes For Sale

9. Manhasset Hills


Population: 3,654
Median Income: $136,786 (36th Best)
Median Home Value: $821,200 (37th Best)
More on Manhasset Hills: Data| Homes For Sale

10. Roslyn Estates


Population: 1,200
Median Income: $208,929 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $1,036,100 (25th Best)
More on Roslyn Estates: Data| Homes For Sale

11. Searingtown


Population: 4,727
Median Income: $141,389 (31st Best)
Median Home Value: $782,700 (41st Best)
More on Searingtown: Data| Homes For Sale

12. Chappaqua


Population: 1,328
Median Income: $149,205 (26th Best)
Median Home Value: $531,000 (76th Best)
More on Chappaqua: Data| Homes For Sale

13. Point Lookout


Population: 1,128
Median Income: $125,625 (47th Best)
Median Home Value: $844,900 (35th Best)
More on Point Lookout: Data| Homes For Sale

14. Bellerose


Population: 1,318
Median Income: $171,250 (21st Best)
Median Home Value: $609,100 (63rd Best)
More on Bellerose: Data| Homes For Sale

15. East Atlantic Beach


Population: 2,031
Median Income: $140,221 (34th Best)
Median Home Value: $550,600 (72nd Best)
More on East Atlantic Beach: Data| Homes For Sale

16. East Norwich


Population: 2,865
Median Income: $140,500 (33rd Best)
Median Home Value: $625,500 (56th Best)
More on East Norwich: Data| Homes For Sale

17. Lido Beach


Population: 2,699
Median Income: $157,656 (24th Best)
Median Home Value: $634,800 (55th Best)
More on Lido Beach: Data| Homes For Sale

18. Sands Point

Sands Point, NY

Population: 2,859
Median Income: $231,667 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $2,000,000 (1st Best)
More on Sands Point: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

19. Great Neck Estates


Population: 2,820
Median Income: $152,614 (25th Best)
Median Home Value: $1,230,500 (15th Best)
More on Great Neck Estates: Data| Homes For Sale

20. Plandome


Population: 1,228
Median Income: $228,409 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $1,683,300 (6th Best)
More on Plandome: Data| Homes For Sale

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 20 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. Friendship
  2. Cairo
  3. Whitehall

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In New York

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Kensington 1,176 $175,625 $1,191,500
2 Katonah 2,077 $145,568 $685,500
3 Pittsford 1,573 $89,318 $238,600
4 Orchard Park 3,197 $85,821 $227,300
5 Clarence Center 2,341 $102,031 $228,200
6 Halesite 2,504 $123,548 $541,800
7 Cayuga Heights 3,799 $84,922 $331,000
8 East Greenbush 4,960 $87,984 $240,500
9 Manhasset Hills 3,654 $136,786 $821,200
10 Roslyn Estates 1,200 $208,929 $1,036,100
11 Searingtown 4,727 $141,389 $782,700
12 Chappaqua 1,328 $149,205 $531,000
13 Point Lookout 1,128 $125,625 $844,900
14 Bellerose 1,318 $171,250 $609,100
15 East Atlantic Beach 2,031 $140,221 $550,600
16 East Norwich 2,865 $140,500 $625,500
17 Lido Beach 2,699 $157,656 $634,800
18 Sands Point 2,859 $231,667 $2,000,000
19 Great Neck Estates 2,820 $152,614 $1,230,500
20 Plandome 1,228 $228,409 $1,683,300
21 Ardsley 4,570 $143,906 $616,000
22 Country Knolls 2,034 $107,024 $271,700
23 East Williston 2,581 $141,250 $791,100
24 Brightwaters 3,092 $119,750 $503,900
25 Montebello 4,635 $136,845 $618,100
26 Munsey Park 2,719 $222,083 $1,420,000
27 Shenorock 1,991 $110,583 $376,300
28 Oyster Bay Cove 2,112 $204,107 $1,506,900
29 Brookville 3,556 $237,083 $1,835,200
30 Glenwood Landing 3,869 $121,917 $610,300
31 Village Of The Branch 1,961 $131,146 $499,100
32 Atlantic Beach 1,574 $127,500 $760,500
33 Greenvale 1,462 $118,611 $614,100
34 Bellport 2,005 $87,500 $434,700
35 Roslyn Harbor 1,000 $193,125 $1,079,200
36 Nissequogue 1,536 $186,111 $966,900
37 Niskayuna 4,548 $103,750 $213,400
38 Spackenkill 4,280 $113,821 $291,700
39 Upper Nyack 2,155 $127,500 $534,100
40 Sparkill 1,836 $112,092 $446,100
41 Horseheads North 2,581 $88,583 $150,800
42 Hewlett Harbor 1,247 $210,750 $1,100,500
43 Thornwood 4,006 $125,357 $582,700
44 Bedford 1,953 $175,586 $850,500
45 Lake Success 3,084 $179,531 $1,150,500
46 Armonk 4,303 $199,821 $878,600
47 Merritt Park 1,742 $129,773 $396,200
48 University Gardens 4,280 $104,375 $635,900
49 Menands 3,998 $65,313 $211,500
50 Skaneateles 2,498 $81,000 $318,800
51 Hawthorne 4,631 $95,813 $486,600
52 Laurel Hollow 1,929 $218,750 $1,503,300
53 Piermont 2,565 $101,500 $619,900
54 Shelter Island Heights 1,386 $135,063 $899,000
55 Clinton 1,967 $52,350 $183,200
56 Flower Hill 4,764 $188,958 $1,077,500
57 Fayetteville 4,190 $73,189 $171,000
58 Bardonia 3,536 $108,717 $517,900
59 Mill Neck 1,001 $177,188 $1,162,500
60 Victor 2,767 $79,100 $195,600
61 Minoa 3,512 $57,905 $132,500
62 Huntington Bay 1,516 $167,396 $1,072,200
63 Old Westbury 4,582 $164,286 $1,675,000
64 Peach Lake 1,573 $119,185 $397,000
65 Hamilton 4,020 $63,199 $233,800
66 West Bay Shore 4,803 $110,179 $410,800
67 Manlius 4,600 $65,375 $190,400
68 Stewart Manor 2,018 $115,313 $508,800
69 Harbor Isle 1,206 $94,643 $452,500
70 Glen Head 4,860 $106,125 $609,900
71 Highland Falls 3,828 $80,399 $218,500
72 Old Brookville 2,154 $202,083 $1,753,500
73 Golden’s Bridge 1,773 $130,473 $596,700
74 Lattin 1,671 $129,375 $1,145,100
75 West Nyack 4,035 $116,667 $475,900
76 Herricks 4,215 $130,924 $592,200
77 Elma Center 2,701 $84,519 $242,900
78 South Nyack 3,551 $97,898 $450,300
79 Voorheesville 2,822 $87,781 $232,200
80 Gang Mills 4,357 $86,898 $169,800
81 Eatons Neck 1,506 $124,732 $680,700
82 Head Of The Harbor 1,348 $147,083 $894,300
83 Crompond 2,444 $142,935 $535,700
84 Wynantskill 3,321 $84,958 $185,300
85 Great River 1,474 $128,250 $647,300
86 Upper Brookville 1,634 $226,250 $1,973,000
87 Mutto 3,648 $216,042 $1,544,400
88 Cooper 1,935 $58,625 $271,000
89 Yorktown Heights 1,719 $95,523 $396,400
90 Blue Point 4,581 $112,694 $385,400
91 Red Oaks Mill 3,402 $93,382 $263,900
92 Southampton 3,211 $102,344 $1,165,500
93 Garden City South 4,275 $105,492 $483,400
94 Lloyd Harbor 3,696 $223,036 $1,373,400
95 Melrose Park 2,308 $87,176 $157,100
96 Beaver Dam Lake 1,789 $108,245 $250,700
97 Cold Spring 1,781 $80,750 $376,100
98 Noyack 3,638 $79,750 $722,100
99 East Ithaca 2,514 $47,031 $215,900
100 Montgomery 4,438 $73,942 $231,600

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