These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In New York For 2019


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. Data updated for 2019.

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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 2019:

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

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.

For more reading on the Empire State check out:

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 – 458 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 458, 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.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,131
Median Income: $164,821 (23rd Best)
Median Home Value: $1,237,700 (16th Best)
More on Kensington: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,770
Median Income: $126,651 (49th Best)
Median Home Value: $570,900 (69th Best)
More on Halesite: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,177
Median Income: $89,679 (123rd Best)
Median Home Value: $225,800 (179th Best)
More on Orchard Park: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,671
Median Income: $107,222 (75th Best)
Median Home Value: $265,500 (149th Best)
More on Clarence Center: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,127
Median Income: $210,000 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $1,077,500 (23rd Best)
More on Roslyn Estates: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,699
Median Income: $96,875 (102nd Best)
Median Home Value: $236,700 (166th Best)
More on Pittsford: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,091
Median Income: $136,250 (36th Best)
Median Home Value: $714,400 (46th Best)
More on Katonah: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,579
Median Income: $155,234 (31st Best)
Median Home Value: $835,000 (34th Best)
More on Manhasset Hills: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 3,779
Median Income: $108,365 (71st Best)
Median Home Value: $367,900 (117th Best)
More on Cayuga Heights: Data | Homes For Sale

East Williston, NY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,582
Median Income: $156,397 (29th Best)
Median Home Value: $815,900 (38th Best)
More on East Williston: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,739
Median Income: $250,000 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $1,505,700 (12th Best)
More on Munsey Park: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,888
Median Income: $150,208 (33rd Best)
Median Home Value: $640,000 (54th Best)
More on East Norwich: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,943
Median Income: $132,273 (42nd Best)
Median Home Value: $615,700 (60th Best)
More on East Atlantic Beach: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,956
Median Income: $135,688 (37th Best)
Median Home Value: $599,200 (65th Best)
More on Thornwood: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 4,582
Median Income: $85,588 (140th Best)
Median Home Value: $246,900 (163rd Best)
More on East Greenbush: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,285
Median Income: $233,523 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $1,819,000 (3rd Best)
More on Plandome: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 4,572
Median Income: $154,570 (32nd Best)
Median Home Value: $829,500 (35th Best)
More on Searingtown: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,298
Median Income: $213,040 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $602,500 (64th Best)
More on Chappaqua: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,063
Median Income: $114,306 (64th Best)
Median Home Value: $279,800 (136th Best)
More on Country Knolls: Data | Homes For Sale

Sands Point, NY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,856
Median Income: $231,607 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $2,000,000 (1st Best)
More on Sands Point: PhotosData | 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. Whitehall
  2. Friendship
  3. Liberty

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 Kensington 1,131 $164,821.0 $1,237,700.0
2 Halesite 2,770 $126,651.0 $570,900.0
3 Orchard Park 3,177 $89,679.0 $225,800.0
4 Clarence Center 2,671 $107,222.0 $265,500.0
5 Roslyn Estates 1,127 $210,000.0 $1,077,500.0
6 Pittsford 1,699 $96,875.0 $236,700.0
7 Katonah 2,091 $136,250.0 $714,400.0
8 Manhasset Hills 3,579 $155,234.0 $835,000.0
9 Cayuga Heights 3,779 $108,365.0 $367,900.0
10 East Williston 2,582 $156,397.0 $815,900.0
11 Munsey Park 2,739 $250,000.0 $1,505,700.0
12 East Norwich 2,888 $150,208.0 $640,000.0
13 East Atlantic Beach 1,943 $132,273.0 $615,700.0
14 Thornwood 3,956 $135,688.0 $599,200.0
15 East Greenbush 4,582 $85,588.0 $246,900.0
16 Plandome 1,285 $233,523.0 $1,819,000.0
17 Searingtown 4,572 $154,570.0 $829,500.0
18 Chappaqua 1,298 $213,040.0 $602,500.0
19 Country Knolls 2,063 $114,306.0 $279,800.0
20 Sands Point 2,856 $231,607.0 $2,000,000.0
21 Piermont 2,574 $104,549.0 $575,400.0
22 Flower Hill 4,785 $178,750.0 $1,237,700.0
23 Oyster Bay Cove 2,140 $226,667.0 $1,547,000.0
24 Lido Beach 3,073 $161,111.0 $666,900.0
25 Hewlett Harbor 1,175 $218,750.0 $1,061,300.0
26 Bellerose 1,293 $178,125.0 $618,700.0
27 Shenorock 2,071 $105,179.0 $375,500.0
28 Merritt Park 1,654 $133,393.0 $391,200.0
29 Greenvale 1,640 $122,045.0 $603,700.0
30 Montebello 4,658 $157,798.0 $624,000.0
31 Great Neck Estates 2,840 $158,182.0 $1,247,100.0
32 Village Of The Branch 1,927 $132,656.0 $516,100.0
33 Glenwood Landing 3,958 $123,454.0 $609,100.0
34 Bellport 2,050 $103,438.0 $459,600.0
35 Skaneateles 2,471 $82,500.0 $322,600.0
36 Victor 2,757 $83,625.0 $194,400.0
37 Bardonia 3,695 $112,554.0 $542,800.0
38 Armonk 4,537 $211,389.0 $888,900.0
39 Bedford 1,898 $190,556.0 $881,800.0
40 Brightwaters 3,096 $123,152.0 $503,400.0
41 Sparkill 1,893 $114,871.0 $446,800.0
42 Atlantic Beach 1,473 $131,964.0 $763,600.0
43 Nissequogue 1,641 $181,250.0 $1,032,300.0
44 Cortland West 1,235 $88,125.0 $168,200.0
45 Elma Center 2,835 $90,801.0 $250,700.0
46 Brookville 3,576 $250,000.0 $1,815,600.0
47 Fayetteville 4,183 $76,402.0 $177,700.0
48 Spackenkill 4,258 $119,833.0 $278,600.0
49 Ardsley 4,557 $130,586.0 $620,200.0
50 Upper Nyack 2,204 $127,167.0 $531,400.0
51 Laurel Hollow 1,982 $250,000.0 $1,553,600.0
52 Minoa 3,519 $58,253.0 $136,900.0
53 South Nyack 3,546 $99,643.0 $462,600.0
54 Lloyd Harbor 3,702 $211,087.0 $1,403,900.0
55 Great Neck Gardens 1,240 $195,865.0 $892,700.0
56 Clinton 1,816 $63,906.0 $195,900.0
57 Hawthorne 4,644 $94,135.0 $504,400.0
58 Peach Lake 1,659 $116,106.0 $408,700.0
59 New Hartford 1,898 $67,132.0 $152,700.0
60 West Bay Shore 4,745 $112,257.0 $412,600.0
61 Glen Head 4,963 $107,125.0 $619,100.0
62 Highland Falls 3,841 $74,278.0 $215,100.0
63 Huntington Bay 1,458 $183,500.0 $1,091,500.0
64 University Gardens 4,208 $97,180.0 $641,000.0
65 Shelter Island Heights 1,264 $120,787.0 $912,100.0
66 Lake Success 3,112 $167,083.0 $1,156,900.0
67 Old Westbury 4,711 $163,958.0 $1,729,800.0
68 Voorheesville 2,829 $90,888.0 $230,100.0
69 West Nyack 3,947 $140,185.0 $483,800.0
70 Harbor Isle 1,253 $103,125.0 $455,100.0
71 Hamilton 4,015 $65,150.0 $226,600.0
72 Eatons Neck 1,575 $128,750.0 $710,400.0
73 Lincolndale 1,651 $105,625.0 $376,700.0
74 Old Brookville 2,022 $203,438.0 $1,972,700.0
75 Red Oaks Mill 3,516 $98,906.0 $260,800.0
76 Upper Brookville 1,535 $221,406.0 $1,816,200.0
77 Cooper 1,941 $63,750.0 $271,600.0
78 Lattin 1,830 $123,393.0 $1,112,000.0
79 Port Washington North 3,233 $96,750.0 $766,300.0
80 Stewart Manor 2,125 $125,278.0 $570,200.0
81 Manlius 4,566 $62,399.0 $198,400.0
82 Garden City South 4,096 $114,088.0 $510,900.0
83 Mill Neck 1,011 $190,938.0 $1,195,700.0
84 Roslyn 2,849 $102,857.0 $468,400.0
85 Head Of The Harbor 1,308 $156,250.0 $887,600.0
86 Mutto 3,661 $221,250.0 $1,632,500.0
87 Bellerose Terrace 2,100 $106,550.0 $398,200.0
88 Gang Mills 4,254 $92,981.0 $171,900.0
89 Shelter Island 1,371 $110,148.0 $690,600.0
90 Horseheads North 2,655 $73,516.0 $167,200.0
91 Menands 3,977 $65,297.0 $204,100.0
92 Wynantskill 3,077 $67,037.0 $191,800.0
93 Valhalla 3,304 $104,205.0 $565,300.0
94 Blue Point 4,742 $117,313.0 $401,800.0
95 Niskayuna 4,714 $103,125.0 $214,500.0
96 Cold Spring 1,834 $93,839.0 $419,600.0
97 Southampton 3,256 $78,864.0 $1,195,700.0
98 Herricks 4,127 $134,688.0 $620,600.0
99 Amenia 1,134 $69,375.0 $248,400.0
100 Liverpool 2,199 $55,761.0 $132,500.0

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.

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