These Are The 10 Richest Cities In New York For 2018

We analyzed over 350 places in New York to determine where the 1% live.

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North Hills, Scarsdale, Lawrence: These cities aren’t just some of the best places to live in New York. They are also home to some of the richest people in the Empire State.

North Hills in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $123,798 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 1.6%.

If you’re thinking of moving to one of these towns, you’ll probably need to start saving. The richest places in New York share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

How did we come up with these mega wealthy cities? We analyzed Census data from the 2012-2016 American Community Survey for the 169 places in New York with more than 5,000 people.

At the end of the day, here’s the set of the 10 richest places in New York for 2018:

  1. North Hills (Homes For Sale)
  2. Scarsdale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Lawrence (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Pelham (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Briarcliff Manor (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Rye (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Irvington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Pleasantville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. East Hills (Homes For Sale)
  10. Garden City (Photos | Homes For Sale)

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list of the richest cities in New York.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out the best places to live in New York or the poorest.

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How We Determined The Richest Places In New York For 2018

The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the ‘richest places’. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2012-2016 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 169 places with more than 5,000 people in New York, we ranked each place from 1 to 169 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a ‘Rich Score’ with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, North Hills, crowned the ‘Richest Place In New York For 2018’.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 169 places.

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1. North Hills

North Hills, New York

Population: 5,420
Median Income: $123,798
Unemployment Rate: 0.9%
Poverty Rate: 1.6%
More on North Hills: Homes For Sale | Data
North Hills is a village in Nassau County, New York in the United States. The population was 5,075 at the 2010 census.

2. Scarsdale

Scarsdale, New York

Population: 17,684
Median Income: $250,000
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
More on Scarsdale: Homes For Sale | Data
Scarsdale is a town and village in Westchester County, New York. The Town of Scarsdale is coextensive with the Village of Scarsdale, but the community has opted to operate solely with a village government, one of several villages in the state that have a similar governmental situation. As of the 2010 census, Scarsdale’s population was 17,166.

3. Lawrence

Lawrence, New York

Population: 6,526
Median Income: $140,221
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
More on Lawrence: Homes For Sale | Data

4. Pelham

Pelham, New York

Population: 6,996
Median Income: $136,389
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
More on Pelham: Homes For Sale | Data
Pelham /plm/ is a suburban town in Westchester County, New York, approximately 14 miles northeast of Midtown Manhattan. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 12,396. Historically, Pelham was composed of five villages and became known as ‘the Pelhams’. Pelham currently contains two independently incorporated villages: the Villages of Pelham and Pelham Manor, Approximately 28 minutes away from Grand Central Terminal by the Metro-North train, Pelham is home to many New York City commuters and has an active social community for its residents. Notably, the Whitestone Bridge is approximately 8.5 miles (14 km) south of the town and can be reached in 10-15 minutes without traffic. It is also 13 miles (21 km) northeast of LaGuardia Airport, which can be reached in 20-25 minutes without traffic and John F. Kennedy International Airport, the city’s main international airport, is 19.5 miles (31 km) south of the town.

5. Briarcliff Manor

Briarcliff Manor, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,732
Median Income: $147,610
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 2.5%
More on Briarcliff Manor: Homes For Sale | Data
Briarcliff Manor /brarklf/ is a suburban village in Westchester County, New York, around 30 miles (50 km) north of New York City. It is on 5.9 square miles (15 km2) of land on the east bank of the Hudson River, geographically shared by the towns of Mount Pleasant and Ossining. Briarcliff Manor includes the communities of Scarborough and Chilmark, and is served by the Scarborough station of the Metro-North Railroad’s Hudson Line. A section of the village, including buildings and homes covering 376 acres (152 ha), is part of the Scarborough Historic District and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. The village motto is ‘A Village between Two Rivers’, reflecting Briarcliff Manor’s location between the Hudson and Pocantico Rivers. Although the Pocantico is the primary boundary between Mount Pleasant and Ossining, since its incorporation the village has spread into Mount Pleasant.

6. Rye

Rye, New York

Population: 15,949
Median Income: $162,394
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
More on Rye: Homes For Sale | Data
Rye is a city in Westchester County, New York, United States. It is separate from the town of Rye, which has more land area than the city. Rye city, formerly the village of Rye, was part of the town until it received its charter as a city in 1942. The population was 15,720 at the 2010 census. Rye is the youngest city in New York state. No other city has been chartered anywhere in New York state since 1942.

7. Irvington

Irvington, New York

Population: 6,559
Median Income: $127,045
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 6.0%
More on Irvington: Homes For Sale | Data
Irvington, sometimes known as Irvington-on-Hudson, is an affluent suburban village in the town of Greenburgh in Westchester County, New York, United States. It is located on the eastern bank of the Hudson River, 20 miles (32 km) north of midtown Manhattan in New York City, and is served by a station stop on the Metro-North Hudson Line. To the north of Irvington is the village of Tarrytown, to the south the village of Dobbs Ferry, and to the east unincorporated parts of Greenburgh, including East Irvington. Irvington includes within its boundaries the community of Ardsley-on-Hudson, which has its own ZIP code and Metro-North station, but which should not be confused with the nearby village of Ardsley, New York.

8. Pleasantville

Pleasantville, New York

Source: Public domain

Population: 7,134
Median Income: $105,943
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 2.3%
More on Pleasantville: Homes For Sale | Data
Pleasantville is a village in the town of Mount Pleasant, in Westchester County, New York. The village population was 7,019 at the 2010 census. Pleasantville is home to a campus of Pace University and to the Jacob Burns Film Center. It was the original home of Reader’s Digest, which still uses a Pleasantville postal address. Most of Pleasantville is served by the Pleasantville Union Free School District, with small parts of northern Pleasantville served by the Chappaqua Central School District. The village is also home to Pleasantville High School.

9. East Hills

Population: 7,072
Median Income: $167,917
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
More on East Hills: Homes For Sale | Data
East Hills is a village in Nassau County, New York on the North Shore of Long Island. It is considered part of the Greater Roslyn area, which is anchored by the Village of Roslyn. As of the United States 2010 Census, the village population was 6,955.

10. Garden City

Garden City, New York

Source: Public domain

Population: 22,531
Median Income: $157,366
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Poverty Rate: 3.2%
More on Garden City: Homes For Sale | Data
Garden City is an incorporated village in Nassau County, New York, United States, in the town of Hempstead. It was founded by multi-millionaire Alexander Turney Stewart in 1869, and is on Long Island, to the east of New York City, 18.5 miles (29.8 km) from midtown Manhattan. The village is located mostly in the Town of Hempstead with a small portion in the Town of North Hempstead.

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In New York For 2018

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in New York, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in New York.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in New York, according to data:

Poorest: Monticello
2nd Poorest: New Square
3rd Poorest: Rochester

For more New York reading , check out:

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  • Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In New York

    City Rank Median Income
    North Hills 1 $123,798
    Scarsdale 2 $250,000
    Lawrence 3 $140,221
    Pelham 4 $136,389
    Briarcliff Manor 5 $147,610
    Rye 6 $162,394
    Irvington 7 $127,045
    Pleasantville 8 $105,943
    East Hills 9 $167,917
    Garden City 10 $157,366
    Bayville 11 $100,078
    Malverne 12 $105,213
    Pelham Manor 13 $158,788
    Larchmont 14 $152,483
    Northport 15 $115,968
    Babylon 16 $110,191
    Mineola 17 $89,706
    Sea Cliff 18 $114,048
    Floral Park 19 $103,644
    Kings Point 20 $131,027
    East Rockaway 21 $92,369
    Williston Park 22 $104,750
    Colonie 23 $78,140
    Massapequa Park 24 $117,934
    Fairport 25 $69,632
    Westbury 26 $89,385
    Croton-On-Hudson 27 $117,656
    Great Neck 28 $92,367
    Hastings-On-Hudson 29 $116,798
    Hamburg 30 $73,903
    Lake Grove 31 $99,063
    Dobbs Ferry 32 $120,631
    Farmingdale 33 $79,291
    Port Jefferson 34 $98,864
    Rockville Centre 35 $102,807
    Airmont 36 $89,743
    Wesley Hills 37 $112,364
    Washingtonville 38 $82,157
    Monroe 39 $102,422
    East Aurora 40 $67,551
    Bronxville 41 $203,036
    New Hyde Park 42 $108,313
    Chestnut Ridge 43 $96,146
    Lindenhurst 44 $83,594
    Kenmore 45 $52,676
    Tarr 46 $104,231
    Tuckahoe 47 $68,648
    New Hempstead 48 $110,156
    Woodbury 49 $122,059
    Suffern 50 $85,395
    Lynbrook 51 $81,077
    Goshen 52 $75,385
    Williamsville 53 $59,552
    Amityville 54 $88,102
    Scotia 55 $57,909
    Cedarhurst 56 $94,417
    Glen Cove 57 $73,673
    Warwick 58 $65,699
    Horseheads 59 $48,011
    Great Neck Plaza 60 $66,384
    Harrison 61 $107,344
    Manorhaven 62 $89,144
    Saratoga Springs 63 $73,661
    Long Beach 64 $84,256
    Wappingers Falls 65 $46,962
    Tonawanda 66 $48,047
    White Plains 67 $82,460
    Mamaroneck 68 $80,099
    Waterloo 69 $51,161
    Depew 70 $51,966
    Hilton 71 $58,481
    Mount Kisco 72 $66,265
    Rye Brook 73 $120,758
    Nyack 74 $63,596
    Freeport 75 $68,963
    Valley Stream 76 $94,681
    Patchogue 77 $70,298
    Baldwinsville 78 $52,040
    West Haverstraw 79 $66,076
    New Rochelle 80 $73,178
    Ossining 81 $62,917
    Corning 82 $50,410
    Ballston Spa 83 $58,681
    Walden 84 $69,111
    Solvay 85 $42,901
    Lancaster 86 $49,647
    Webster 87 $43,324
    Beacon 88 $62,917
    Port Chester 89 $56,524
    Rome 90 $44,348
    Middletown 91 $50,320
    North Tonawanda 92 $50,575
    Cortland 93 $43,149
    Batavia 94 $42,804
    Peekskill 95 $55,453
    Watervliet 96 $48,994
    Mechanicville 97 $43,638
    Hempstead 98 $56,239
    Canandaigua 99 $43,635
    Lockport 100 $41,607

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