10 Most Expensive Places To Live In New York For 2019


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the most expensive places to live in New York.

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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 for 2019.

So where is the most expensive place to live in New York? That would be Kaser.

So hopefully Waterloo (the cheapest place to live in New York) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out some more reading about New York and the most expensive cities in the country:

The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In New York For 2019

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 5,138
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 46.3x (1st most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 19.3x (2nd most expensive)
More on Kaser: Real Estate | Data

Coordinates: 4107N 7404W 41.117; -74.067

The median income in Kaser comes in at $17,564 and the median home value is $812,500 for 2019.

Sleepy Hollow, NY

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Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 10,190
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 11.5x (5th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 38.5x (12th most expensive)
More on Sleepy Hollow: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sleepy Hollow is a village in the town of Mount Pleasant, in Westchester County, New York. The village is located on the east bank of the Hudson River, about 30 miles north of New York City, and is served by the Philipse Manor stop on the Metro-North Hudson Line. To the south of Sleepy Hollow is the village of Tarrytown, and to the north and east are unincorporated parts of Mount Pleasant. The population of the village at the 2010 census was 9,870.

The median income in Sleepy Hollow comes in at $55,368 and the median home value is $634,000 for 2019.

Manorhaven, NY

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Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 6,627
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 6.5x (18th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 38.1x (11th most expensive)
More on Manorhaven: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Manorhaven comes in at $86,237 and the median home value is $557,000 for 2019.

Kiryas Joel, NY

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 22,794
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 13.3x (4th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 27.5x (3rd most expensive)
More on Kiryas Joel: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kiryas Joel is a village within the town of Monroe in Orange County, New York, United States. The majority of its residents are Yiddish-speaking Hasidic Jews who belong to the worldwide Satmar Hasidic sect.

The median income in Kiryas Joel comes in at $30,525 and the median home value is $406,100 for 2019.

New York, NY

Overall SnackAbility

8
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Population: 8,560,072
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 9.3x (6th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 43.1x (23rd most expensive)
More on New York: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The City of New York, often called New York City or simply New York, is the most populous city in the United States. With an estimated 2016 population of 8,537,673 distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles, New York City is also the most densely populated major city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world with an estimated 23.7million residents as of 2016. A global power city, New York City has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world, and exerts a significant impact upon commerce, entertainment, research, technology, education, politics, and sports. The city’s fast pace defines the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy.

The median income in New York comes in at $57,782 and the median home value is $538,700 for 2019.

New Square, NY

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Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 7,995
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 14.1x (3rd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 17.4x (1st most expensive)
More on New Square: Real Estate | Data | Photos

New Square is an all-Hasidic village in the town of Ramapo, Rockland County, New York, United States. It is located north of Hillcrest, east of Viola, south of New Hempstead, and west of New City. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 6,944. Its inhabitants are predominantly members of the Skverer Hasidic movement who seek to maintain a Hasidic lifestyle disconnected from the secular world.

The median income in New Square comes in at $23,924 and the median home value is $338,200 for 2019.

Port Chester, NY

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Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 29,623
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 7.4x (9th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 40.7x (17th most expensive)
More on Port Chester: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Port Chester is a village in Westchester County, New York, United States. The village is part of the town of Rye. As of the 2010 census, Port Chester had a population of 28,967. Port Chester borders on the State of Connecticut to the east. The village name is pronounced with the same syllable stress pattern as that of the county which contains it, i.e., “PORT ches-ter”, not “Port CHES-ter”.

The median income in Port Chester comes in at $60,041 and the median home value is $445,200 for 2019.

Great Neck, NY

Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 10,272
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 5)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 8.7x (7th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 51.7x (56th most expensive)
More on Great Neck: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Great Neck is a region on Long Island, New York, that covers a peninsula on the North Shore of Long Island, which includes the villages of Great Neck, Great Neck Estates, Great Neck Plaza, and others, as well as an area south of the peninsula near Lake Success and the border territory of Queens. The incorporated village of Great Neck had a population of 9,989 at the 2010 census, while the larger Great Neck area comprises a residential community of some 40,000 people in nine villages and hamlets in the town of North Hempstead, of which Great Neck is the northwestern quadrant. Great Neck has five ZIP Codes, and one school district.

The median income in Great Neck comes in at $91,484 and the median home value is $795,100 for 2019.

Nyack, NY

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
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Population: 7,057
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 7.0x (12th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 43.5x (26th most expensive)
More on Nyack: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Nyack is a village located primarily in the town of Orangetown in Rockland County, New York, United States. Incorporated in 1872, it retains a very small western section in Clarkstown. It is an inner-suburb of New York City lying approximately 19 miles north of the Manhattan boundary near the west bank of the Hudson River, situated north of South Nyack, east of Central Nyack, south of Upper Nyack.

The median income in Nyack comes in at $65,884 and the median home value is $463,600 for 2019.

Glen Cove, NY

Overall SnackAbility

9
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Population: 27,376
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 6.4x (19th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 42.9x (22nd most expensive)
More on Glen Cove: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Glen Cove is a city in Nassau County, New York, United States, on the North Shore of Long Island. As of the United States 2010 Census, the city population was 26,964.

The median income in Glen Cove comes in at $74,767 and the median home value is $480,300 for 2019.

How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Empire State For 2019

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In New York
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:

  1. How much do money do I make?
  2. How much do I have spend to live there?

You need to understand your costs in the context of how much money you make.

For example, if the median household earns $100,000 and spends $40,000 on housing it’s actually cheaper to live there than a place with a median income of $50,000 and housing costs of $21,000. You might spend more on housing, but you have more money overall to play with.

With that example in mind, we derived several statistics from the latest Census American Community Survey 2013-2017 around incomes and costs. They are:

  • Median Home Price / Median Income (lower is better)
  • Median Income / Median Rent (Higher is better)
  • Median Home Price

We added simply median home price because high home prices generally correlate with higher expenses for all costs related to homes (heating, electricity, etc).

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

What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” by taking the average rank of each of these metrics for each city.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 165 places in New York that have more than 5,000 people.

The place with the highest cost of living in New York according to the data is Kaser.

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck In New York For 2019

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

Here’s a look at the most affordable cities in New York according to the data:

  1. Waterloo
  2. Ilion
  3. Hornell

For more New York reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In New York

Rank City ExpensiveScore Population Home/Income Ratio Income/Rent Ratio
1 Kaser 4.67 5,138 46.3x 19.3x
2 Sleepy Hollow 12.0 10,190 11.5x 38.5x
3 Manorhaven 18.67 6,627 6.5x 38.1x
4 Kiryas Joel 19.67 22,794 13.3x 27.5x
5 New York 19.67 8,560,072 9.3x 43.1x
6 New Square 22.67 7,995 14.1x 17.4x
7 Port Chester 24.0 29,623 7.4x 40.7x
8 Great Neck 25.33 10,272 8.7x 51.7x
9 Nyack 26.0 7,057 7.0x 43.5x
10 Glen Cove 26.33 27,376 6.4x 42.9x
11 Tuckahoe 27.67 6,656 6.4x 40.9x
12 Mamaroneck 29.0 19,327 6.7x 50.1x
13 Ithaca 31.33 30,720 7.3x 29.4x
14 New Paltz 31.33 7,040 6.9x 32.4x
15 Mount Vernon 32.0 68,671 6.5x 42.3x
16 Harrison 33.0 28,319 7.0x 54.9x
17 Spring Valley 33.67 32,538 6.4x 33.6x
18 New Rochelle 36.33 79,877 7.1x 54.0x
19 Ossining 36.67 25,386 5.8x 43.1x
20 Long Beach 37.67 33,657 5.4x 47.4x
21 White Plains 37.67 58,404 6.0x 51.9x
22 Cedarhurst 38.33 6,685 5.6x 50.8x
23 Yonkers 41.0 200,999 6.1x 48.3x
24 Peekskill 42.67 24,111 5.2x 40.6x
25 Hempstead 43.0 55,698 5.3x 43.3x
26 Great Neck Plaza 45.67 6,964 4.6x 40.4x
27 Sea Cliff 46.67 5,085 5.7x 59.2x
28 East Rockaway 50.33 9,839 4.6x 49.3x
29 Poughkeepsie 50.67 30,505 4.7x 37.3x
30 Hudson 51.33 6,452 5.3x 46.1x
31 Mount Kisco 51.67 10,994 5.2x 52.5x
32 Lynbrook 52.33 19,706 4.8x 51.1x
33 Newburgh 52.33 28,444 4.6x 33.0x
34 North Hills 52.67 5,524 8.1x 75.1x
35 Garden City 53.33 22,699 5.0x 60.2x
36 Haverstraw 54.67 12,181 4.4x 42.7x
37 Wappingers Falls 56.67 5,416 3.9x 40.4x
38 Lawrence 57.33 6,553 6.9x 77.7x
39 Rockville Centre 57.67 24,485 5.8x 67.9x
40 Farmingdale 58.67 8,719 4.5x 52.0x
41 Pelham Manor 59.0 5,634 5.4x 71.3x
42 Patchogue 59.0 12,425 4.3x 47.2x
43 Westbury 59.33 15,396 4.5x 53.5x
44 Rye 60.67 16,004 6.3x 80.7x
45 Freeport 61.0 43,380 4.5x 51.4x
46 Geneseo 61.0 8,151 4.6x 45.6x
47 Port Jefferson 61.33 7,833 5.2x 62.8x
48 Mineola 61.67 19,223 5.1x 60.0x
49 Bronxville 62.0 6,428 5.2x 75.0x
50 West Haverstraw 62.33 10,353 3.9x 46.6x
51 Tarr 62.33 11,534 5.2x 68.2x
52 Williston Park 64.0 7,334 4.8x 60.5x
53 Scarsdale 64.0 17,856 5.4x 81.0x
54 Larchmont 64.0 6,111 6.0x 103.4x
55 Rye Brook 64.33 9,543 5.7x 79.0x
56 Mastic Beach 65.0 14,850 2.9x 37.0x
57 New Hempstead 65.0 5,359 4.2x 58.2x
58 Dobbs Ferry 65.33 11,141 4.9x 67.7x
59 Bayville 66.0 6,752 5.2x 68.2x
60 Pelham 67.33 7,016 5.1x 73.1x
61 Massapequa Park 67.67 17,223 3.6x 54.8x
62 Albany 68.0 98,498 3.9x 47.4x
63 Kingston 68.0 23,419 3.6x 44.0x
64 Middletown 69.33 27,729 3.6x 46.2x
65 Wesley Hills 69.67 5,890 4.9x 70.4x
66 Floral Park 70.67 16,269 5.1x 71.3x
67 Airmont 71.0 8,869 5.0x 67.8x
68 Northport 71.33 7,405 5.2x 77.0x
69 Pleasantville 72.33 7,275 5.1x 77.2x
70 Lake Grove 73.0 11,205 3.8x 57.7x
71 Chestnut Ridge 74.67 8,118 4.7x 65.8x
72 Goshen 74.67 5,381 4.0x 56.7x
73 Irvington 75.0 6,588 5.0x 89.1x
74 Webster 76.33 5,558 3.4x 46.5x
75 Troy 77.0 49,826 3.5x 46.5x
76 Port Jervis 77.67 8,670 3.5x 48.4x
77 Oneonta 78.0 13,932 3.6x 48.2x
78 Valley Stream 78.67 37,843 3.9x 60.6x
79 Lindenhurst 80.67 27,257 3.9x 60.6x
80 Potsdam 80.67 9,710 3.3x 42.8x
81 Amityville 81.33 9,513 3.9x 63.3x
82 New Hyde Park 82.0 9,906 4.3x 74.2x
83 Briarcliff Manor 82.33 7,864 4.3x 105.3x
84 Babylon 84.33 12,177 3.7x 68.2x
85 Watertown 85.0 26,437 3.2x 49.4x
86 Mechanicville 86.67 5,177 3.6x 54.8x
87 Saratoga Springs 86.67 27,682 4.5x 70.5x
88 Monticello 88.0 6,562 2.7x 35.6x
89 Suffern 89.67 10,984 3.6x 64.6x
90 Ballston Spa 89.67 5,278 3.9x 62.8x
91 Beacon 90.33 14,279 3.7x 64.1x
92 Binghamton 90.67 45,964 2.8x 44.3x
93 Warwick 91.0 6,801 4.4x 72.8x
94 Malverne 91.0 8,583 4.2x 80.0x
95 Canandaigua 91.17 10,402 3.5x 57.7x
96 Plattsburgh 92.0 19,734 3.4x 55.9x
97 Syracuse 92.33 144,405 2.6x 45.1x
98 Rochester 94.67 209,463 2.5x 40.1x
99 Brockport 95.0 8,415 2.8x 52.5x
100 Schenectady 95.33 65,705 2.6x 50.6x

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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