These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In New York


We used science and data to determine which cities in New York that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and New York does this very well. Families love the Empire State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in New York that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state. After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in New York:

  1. Kings Point (Photos)
  2. Garden City (Photos)
  3. Lawrence (Photos)
  4. North Hills (Photos)
  5. Pelham Manor (Photos)
  6. Scarsdale (Photos)
  7. Great Neck (Photos)
  8. Rye (Photos)
  9. East Hills (Photos)
  10. Larchmont (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Dunkirk is the most affordable city in New York.

Read on to see why these places cost so much more than average. Or check out the most affordable places in New York.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Cities In New York

There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in New York to figure out which is the most expensive.

For reference, the United State averages a cost of living 100. A score below 100 means that the city has a below average cost of living while a score over 100 has a high cost of living for that category.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 169 places in New York that have more than 5,000 people.

The city with the highest cost of living index, Kings Point, rank as being the most expensive.

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1. Kings Point

Kings Point, New York

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,076
Services Index: 151
Groceries Index: 121
Housing Index: 1438
Healthcare Index: 117
Transportation Index: 133
Utilities Index: 133

2. Garden City

Garden City, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,543
Services Index: 151
Groceries Index: 121
Housing Index: 421
Healthcare Index: 117
Transportation Index: 138
Utilities Index: 133

3. Lawrence

Lawrence, New York

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,511
Services Index: 151
Groceries Index: 121
Housing Index: 419
Healthcare Index: 117
Transportation Index: 138
Utilities Index: 133

4. North Hills

North Hills, New York

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,122
Services Index: 151
Groceries Index: 121
Housing Index: 409
Healthcare Index: 117
Transportation Index: 138
Utilities Index: 133

5. Pelham Manor

Pelham Manor, New York

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,539
Services Index: 151
Groceries Index: 121
Housing Index: 347
Healthcare Index: 117
Transportation Index: 138
Utilities Index: 133

6. Scarsdale

Scarsdale, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,471
Services Index: 126
Groceries Index: 122
Housing Index: 695
Healthcare Index: 115
Transportation Index: 100
Utilities Index: 132

7. Great Neck

Great Neck, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,052
Services Index: 151
Groceries Index: 121
Housing Index: 337
Healthcare Index: 117
Transportation Index: 138
Utilities Index: 133

8. Rye

Rye, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,892
Services Index: 126
Groceries Index: 122
Housing Index: 574
Healthcare Index: 115
Transportation Index: 100
Utilities Index: 132

9. East Hills

East Hills, New York

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Population: 7,025
Services Index: 126
Groceries Index: 122
Housing Index: 503
Healthcare Index: 115
Transportation Index: 100
Utilities Index: 132

10. Larchmont

Larchmont, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,952
Services Index: 126
Groceries Index: 122
Housing Index: 442
Healthcare Index: 115
Transportation Index: 100
Utilities Index: 132

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in New York that have the highest cost of living, with Kings Point ranking as the most exensive city in the Empire State.

If you’re curious, here are the most least expensive cities in New York:

  1. Dunkirk
  2. Jamestown
  3. Salamanca

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In New York

City Rank Population Services Groceries Healthcare Housing Transportation Utilities
Kings Point 1 5,076 151 121 117 1438 133 133
Garden City 2 22,543 151 121 117 421 138 133
Lawrence 3 6,511 151 121 117 419 138 133
North Hills 4 5,122 151 121 117 409 138 133
Pelham Manor 5 5,539 151 121 117 347 138 133
Scarsdale 6 17,471 126 122 115 695 100 132
Great Neck 7 10,052 151 121 117 337 138 133
Rye 8 15,892 126 122 115 574 100 132
East Hills 9 7,025 126 122 115 503 100 132
Larchmont 10 5,952 126 122 115 442 100 132
Bronxville 11 6,378 126 122 115 414 100 132
Harrison 12 27,822 126 122 115 385 100 132
Pelham 13 6,984 151 121 117 304 138 133
Rye Brook 14 9,456 126 122 115 326 100 132
Briarcliff Manor 15 7,783 126 122 115 320 100 132
Rockville Centre 16 24,128 151 121 117 280 138 133
Wesley Hills 17 5,779 126 122 115 316 100 132
Hastings-On-Hudson 18 7,905 126 122 115 313 100 132
Manorhaven 19 6,638 126 122 115 303 100 132
Sea Cliff 20 5,012 126 122 115 299 100 132
Cedarhurst 21 6,631 151 121 117 259 138 133
Bayville 22 6,724 126 122 115 290 100 132
Pleasantville 23 7,090 126 122 115 289 100 132
Sleepy Hollow 24 10,002 126 122 115 285 100 132
Dobbs Ferry 25 11,001 126 122 115 285 100 132
Floral Park 26 16,190 151 121 117 247 138 133
Williston Park 27 7,319 151 121 117 247 138 133
Northport 28 7,417 126 122 115 279 100 132
Mamaroneck 29 19,133 126 122 115 277 100 132
Irvington 30 6,506 126 122 115 277 100 132
Long Beach 31 33,522 151 121 117 245 138 133
New Square 32 7,328 126 122 115 265 100 132
New Rochelle 33 78,476 126 122 115 265 100 132
Tuckahoe 34 6,559 126 122 115 263 100 132
Tuckahoe 35 6,559 126 122 115 263 100 132
Port Jefferson 36 7,789 126 122 115 255 100 132
Glen Cove 37 27,161 126 122 115 252 100 132
Chestnut Ridge 38 8,035 127 132 115 233 134 133
New Hyde Park 39 9,764 151 121 117 232 138 133
East Rockaway 40 9,861 151 121 117 232 138 133
New Hempstead 41 5,240 126 122 115 249 100 132
White Plains 42 57,505 126 122 115 245 100 132
Croton-On-Hudson 43 8,168 126 122 115 243 100 132
Malverne 44 8,544 151 121 117 220 138 133
Lynbrook 45 19,517 151 121 117 218 138 133
Mineola 46 18,918 151 121 117 217 138 133
Babylon 47 12,177 126 122 115 225 100 132
Nyack 48 6,857 126 122 115 221 100 132
Westbury 49 15,201 126 122 115 219 100 132
Massapequa Park 50 17,137 126 122 115 217 100 132
Port Chester 51 29,275 126 122 115 216 100 132
Yonkers 52 198,654 151 121 117 200 138 133
Valley Stream 53 37,764 151 121 117 199 138 133
Great Neck Plaza 54 6,823 151 121 117 198 138 133
Mount Vernon 55 67,962 151 121 117 196 138 133
Lake Grove 56 11,235 126 122 115 207 100 132
Ossining 57 25,232 126 122 115 205 100 132
Mount Kisco 58 11,016 126 122 115 204 100 132
Amityville 59 9,551 126 122 115 199 100 132
Airmont 60 8,770 115 106 107 210 111 98
Freeport 61 43,168 151 121 117 180 138 133
Farmingdale 62 8,306 126 122 115 193 100 132
Hempstead 63 54,801 151 121 117 176 138 133
Lindenhurst 64 27,303 126 122 115 190 100 132
Woodbury 65 10,638 126 122 115 186 100 132
Woodbury 66 10,638 126 122 115 186 100 132
Kiryas Joel 67 21,201 126 122 115 181 100 132
Monroe 68 8,493 126 122 115 174 100 132
West Haverstraw 69 10,308 126 122 115 169 100 132
Peekskill 70 23,875 126 122 115 167 100 132
Haverstraw 71 12,060 126 122 115 166 100 132
Patchogue 72 12,045 126 122 115 161 100 132
Suffern 73 10,864 115 106 107 173 111 98
Goshen 74 5,417 115 106 107 171 111 98
New Paltz 75 6,945 126 122 115 150 100 132
Spring Valley 76 32,007 126 122 115 148 100 132
Mastic Beach 77 14,880 126 122 115 147 100 132
Washingtonville 78 5,837 126 122 115 144 100 132
Beacon 79 14,437 126 122 115 134 100 132
Warwick 80 6,783 115 106 107 151 111 98
Walden 81 6,919 126 122 115 125 100 132
Poughkeepsie 82 30,716 126 122 115 121 100 132
Saratoga Springs 83 26,998 118 99 101 144 115 96
Wappingers Falls 84 5,377 126 122 115 114 100 132
Newburgh 85 28,614 126 122 115 109 100 132
Middletown 86 27,904 115 106 107 122 111 98
Colonie 87 7,869 118 99 101 119 115 96
Kingston 88 23,707 118 99 101 106 115 96
Port Jervis 89 8,736 115 106 107 102 111 98
Ballston Spa 90 5,298 118 99 101 105 115 96
Albany 91 98,287 118 99 101 98 115 96
Hudson 92 6,658 118 99 101 96 115 96
Ithaca 93 30,399 100 104 112 102 123 91
Canton 94 6,600 106 109 107 80 128 123
Fairport 95 5,364 103 98 99 94 126 94
Saranac Lake 96 6,055 106 109 107 78 128 123
Plattsburgh 97 19,840 106 109 107 78 128 123
Geneseo 98 8,043 116 110 107 83 111 97
Rensselaer 99 9,476 118 99 101 86 115 96
East Aurora 100 6,255 85 88 89 92 117 101

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