These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In New York For 2019


The cream of the crop in the Empire State.

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

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Whether it’s larger than life statues: A.K.A. the Statue of Liberty in New York City.

Or ginormous waterfalls: A.K.A. Niagara Falls in Buffalo.

Or big beautiful New York cities: A.K.A. Rochester.

New York knows how to do it up big.

New York’s residents also know that “the big” doesn’t stop there: large groups of New Yorkers flock to the Hamptons every summer, big attitudes grace the stages on Broadway daily, and there’s a reason they’re called the New York Giants.

The slogan “I Love New York” is stamped on every license plate and all the highway welcome signs greet you with the same love. Rightfully so, New Yorkers love their state and they want you to love it too. Even more, they want you to call its best cities home. #biggerisbetter

Geographically speaking, New York doesn’t mess around either. It borders two of the biggest lakes in the country on the West; Lake Erie and Lake Ontario and the massive Atlantic Ocean to the West. And, don’t get us started on the big beautiful Catskills Mountains in the southeast or the Hudson River that starts at Lake Tear and travels 315 miles to the coast.

With all this bigger is better lifestyle in New York, we had to ask the tough question: what makes their cities the best?

In order to produce a comprehensive list of New York’s best cities, we took a look at things that matter: low cost of living, gold star schools, and an above average employment rate to name a few.

Don’t let New York’s over-the-top demeanor scare you. New York really does rock. So much, that it was quite the challenge to reduce its best cities to just one list.

Grab yourself a fully loaded cup of diner coffee and a NY slice and read on to see how we did.

What city is the best place to live in New York for 2019? Well according to the US Census and FBI data we crunched, North Hills is the best place to live in New York if you care about home values, low crime, and a high quality of life.

If you live anywhere in or close to New York’s Nassau County, consider yourself pretty lucky. Our top 10, bigger than life, best New York cities like, North Hills, Rye, and Massapequa Park raise the bar for the rest of the state. The star on The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has nothin’ on you.

Do not fret if you don’t see your hometown in the top 10. We ranked all 163 for you! Take a breath and scroll down to see where your town ranked.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

For more New York reading, check out:

Mapping The Best And Worst Places To Live in New York

The Pressing Question: Size

Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit Albany with a population of 98,425 against places with a population of 18?

We firmly decided no, that just isn’t fair.

So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:

  • Cities — Populations over 5,000
  • Towns — Populations between 1,000 and 5,000
  • Small Towns — Populations below 1,000

This left us with 163 cities, 465 towns, and 340 small towns.

We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best places have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 5,000 people to truly be ‘the best’.

Now we also realize that city living might not be your cup of tea, so we ran the following analysis on towns and then again for small towns.

You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.

How We Calculated The Best Cities To Live In New York

Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.

We ranked each place in New York across a number of criteria from one to 163, with one being the best.

We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place To Live In New York”.

The criteria we looked at were:

  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Population Density (Higher better)
  • Unemployment Rate
  • Commute Time
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data and FBI Crime Data.

After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in New York? That would be North Hills.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in New York.

Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with North Hills at the end of the cul-de-sac.

The 10 Best Places To Live In New York For 2019

North Hills, NY

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7.5
/10

Population: 5,420
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $957,600 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 0.9% (1st best)
More on North Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Perhaps what makes North Hills so amazing is the high emphasis they put on quality education: they have one of the highest rate of education at attainment for adults.

However, quality education isn’t all that makes North Hills great. They also have the 12th highest median income and the 100th shortest commute time.

Floral Park, NY

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7
/10

Population: 16,189
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $499,300 (34th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (40th best)
More on Floral Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Floral Park is just about as close to a perfect area as you can get. Residents here are gainfully employed, and the schools are some of the best in the state. It’s safe, and residents get to enjoy the benefits of quality at home living.

It’s quite a gem tucked away in New York.

Rye, NY

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10
/10

Population: 15,949
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $1,107,000 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.9% (30th best)
More on Rye: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rye has a long and illustrious history and its ranking in the top ten of our best places to live is just another notch in its belt.\n\Rye had the 4th highest household median income adjusted for cost of living at $162,394.

Not to mention that its residents have plenty to do on the weekends.

Sea Cliff, NY

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,069
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $650,700 (14th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.1% (16th best)
More on Sea Cliff: Real Estate | Data | Photos

When you’re looking at the best places you could live in New York, Sea Cliff came in 4th. Let’s see why.

It has a low unemployment rate and high incomes.

Plus, Sea Cliff has an impressive history for a place of just over 5,069 people. The median home costs a cool $650,700 and households make $114,048 which is good for 19th in New York.

Bayville, NY

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6
/10

Population: 6,745
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 8)
Median Home Value: $506,900 (32nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (8th best)
More on Bayville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The tiny town of Bayville may not remain tiny forever. The word has been out for a long, long time about how special this place is.

The residents are heavily involved in making their community even more awesome, and as many New York residents know, Bayville is a great central spot for making the most of life.

Malverne, NY

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7
/10

Population: 8,556
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $434,400 (47th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.5% (23rd best)
More on Malverne: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Let’s take a look at why Malverne is a great place to call home for 2019.

There’s low crime in Malverne, and the residents here are gainfully employed (4.5% unemployment rate).

You can make Malverne your home for only $434,400 which won’t be too hard on a $105,213 household salary.

Massapequa Park, NY

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6
/10

Population: 17,176
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $444,400 (42nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.8% (74th best)
More on Massapequa Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Massapequa Park is known for having a great education system and has the 146th shortest commute time.

Additionally, the unemployment rate in Massapequa Park is the 74th lowest in New York and the median income is the 15th highest in the state.

Rockville Centre, NY

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7
/10

Population: 24,262
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $608,600 (19th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.9% (52nd best)
More on Rockville Centre: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rockville Centre isn’t just the nicest place to live in New York – it’s also the one of the fastest growing places in the state. And with good reason.

It’s got the 52nd lowest unemployment rate, the 29th highest adjusted income, and rates above most places in education.

When you’re looking at science and data, Rockville Centre definitely deserves a spot on the list for 2019.

Lawrence, NY

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6
/10

Population: 6,526
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $856,000 (8th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.3% (2nd best)
More on Lawrence: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lawrence comes in at a close 9th. They have the 2nd lowest unemployment rate in the state and the 8th highest median income as well, which means the people in Lawrence are working and getting paid well.

Additionally, the median home value is the 8th best in the state.

Williston Park, NY

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,282
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $484,300 (35th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.1% (36th best)
More on Williston Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Williston Park is by far one of the best places to live in New York: the math proves it! This city has the 36th lowest unemployment rate and the 27th highest median income in all of New York.

Plus, the median home values are the 35th highest in the state. And if all of that isn’t enough to convince you, then check this out: their crime rate is the 16th lowest in the state, making Williston Park a safe and great place to live.

Wrapping Up The Best Places When It Comes To Living In New York

If you’re looking at areas in New York with the best economic situations, where there’s lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

North Hills made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for the best place to live in New York for 2019.

Best Towns To Live In New York

  1. Kensington (Pop. 1,176)
  2. Orchard Park (Pop. 3,197)
  3. Clarence Center (Pop. 2,341)
  4. East Greenbush (Pop. 4,960)
  5. Pittsford (Pop. 1,573)
  6. Halesite (Pop. 2,504)
  7. Katonah (Pop. 2,077)
  8. Roslyn Estates (Pop. 1,200)
  9. Point Lookout (Pop. 1,128)
  10. Cayuga Heights (Pop. 3,799)

Best Small Towns To Live In New York

  1. Copake Falls (Pop. 208)
  2. Chautauqua (Pop. 567)
  3. Virgil (Pop. 367)
  4. Grand View-on-Hudson (Pop. 366)
  5. Woodsburgh (Pop. 756)
  6. Hewlett Neck (Pop. 363)
  7. Malverne Park Oaks (Pop. 653)
  8. Belle Terre (Pop. 725)
  9. Plandome Manor (Pop. 884)
  10. North Hornell (Pop. 763)

If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in New York according to the data:

  1. Newburgh (Pop. 28,406)
  2. Rochester (Pop. 210,291)
  3. Monticello (Pop. 6,577)

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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In New York

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 North Hills 5,420 0.9% $957,600
2 Floral Park 16,189 5.3% $499,300
3 Rye 15,949 4.9% $1,107,000
4 Sea Cliff 5,069 4.1% $650,700
5 Bayville 6,745 3.2% $506,900
6 Malverne 8,556 4.5% $434,400
7 Massapequa Park 17,176 6.8% $444,400
8 Rockville Centre 24,262 5.9% $608,600
9 Lawrence 6,526 2.3% $856,000
10 Williston Park 7,282 5.1% $484,300
11 East Rockaway 9,815 5.4% $443,600
12 East Hills 7,072 4.8% $921,600
13 Great Neck 10,183 4.8% $763,600
14 Mineola 19,071 3.0% $438,900
15 Farmingdale 8,532 4.4% $369,700
16 Babylon 12,130 4.4% $440,400
17 Cedarhurst 6,652 7.1% $530,500
18 Larchmont 6,031 6.0% $1,060,700
19 Northport 7,393 5.4% $554,600
20 New Hyde Park 9,854 6.9% $483,100
21 Pelham Manor 5,564 5.2% $854,700
22 Scarsdale 17,684 3.2% $1,318,500
23 Lynbrook 19,584 6.7% $423,600
24 Pelham 6,996 4.0% $628,500
25 Great Neck Plaza 6,924 6.8% $331,500
26 Kings Point 5,140 4.9% $1,724,800
27 Port Jefferson 7,795 5.2% $499,400
28 Pleasantville 7,134 4.6% $578,300
29 Bronxville 6,395 8.5% $995,100
30 Irvington 6,559 2.3% $648,300
31 Long Beach 33,670 7.0% $455,800
32 Manorhaven 6,601 6.8% $561,500
33 Hastings-On-Hudson 7,959 6.2% $627,100
34 Briarcliff Manor 7,732 4.5% $678,100
35 Wesley Hills 5,860 6.2% $562,500
36 Westbury 15,319 4.0% $416,800
37 Dobbs Ferry 11,058 6.4% $618,200
38 Lake Grove 11,206 3.6% $382,100
39 Airmont 8,833 4.1% $460,100
40 Suffern 10,936 5.9% $309,200
41 Glen Cove 27,246 4.7% $479,800
42 Fairport 5,372 4.2% $167,600
43 Colonie 7,888 4.0% $198,700
44 Valley Stream 37,626 9.5% $371,500
45 Lindenhurst 27,234 5.6% $345,700
46 Williamsville 5,269 5.1% $164,000
47 Saratoga Springs 27,447 7.0% $332,800
48 Chestnut Ridge 8,096 5.7% $433,200
49 White Plains 57,925 6.7% $513,300
50 Nyack 6,788 4.9% $444,800
51 Kenmore 15,303 3.4% $114,500
52 Hamburg 9,576 4.2% $151,300
53 Scotia 7,732 5.0% $137,400
54 Cortland 19,018 5.0% $96,200
55 Amityville 9,484 5.3% $378,500
56 Kaser 5,082 5.7% $568,200
57 Freeport 43,217 6.7% $311,100
58 Ballston Spa 5,134 8.9% $216,300
59 New Rochelle 79,299 7.5% $545,700
60 Mechanicville 5,169 6.9% $151,100
61 Harrison 28,082 7.4% $803,200
62 Cohoes 16,411 8.7% $150,100
63 North Tonawanda 30,935 7.9% $109,200
64 Waterloo 5,184 4.5% $86,000
65 Watervliet 10,207 7.2% $139,000
66 East Aurora 6,209 3.2% $180,000
67 Croton-On-Hudson 8,209 6.7% $519,400
68 Horseheads 6,608 3.0% $104,000
69 Glens Falls 14,422 8.0% $150,800
70 Mamaroneck 19,263 6.8% $591,700
71 Ithaca 30,625 7.4% $219,100
72 Plattsburgh 19,820 6.6% $148,600
73 Hempstead 55,454 7.1% $306,900
74 Corning 10,978 6.5% $105,100
75 New Hempstead 5,311 8.9% $471,200
76 Rye Brook 9,513 9.4% $737,100
77 Geneseo 8,124 5.5% $157,800
78 Patchogue 12,293 6.6% $297,700
79 Hilton 5,921 6.1% $126,100
80 Peekskill 23,977 8.2% $289,100
81 New Square 7,804 11.7% $339,000
82 Oneonta 13,863 8.3% $141,100
83 Warwick 6,777 7.1% $299,400
84 Washingtonville 5,813 5.5% $242,600
85 West Haverstraw 10,334 7.1% $264,600
86 Rome 32,673 5.5% $94,100
87 Yonkers 199,725 8.6% $379,500
88 Depew 15,325 5.5% $112,300
89 Saranac Lake 5,569 7.1% $148,500
90 Medina 5,885 7.9% $72,300
91 Goshen 5,378 6.1% $300,900
92 Fredonia 10,801 8.1% $128,900
93 Canandaigua 10,460 6.8% $161,200
94 Lancaster 10,220 7.8% $123,200
95 Beacon 14,289 8.7% $244,600
96 Port Chester 29,417 7.5% $435,100
97 New York 8,461,961 8.6% $508,900
98 Norwich 6,979 7.5% $86,600
99 Monroe 8,547 5.0% $304,900
100 Baldwinsville 7,461 7.1% $119,200

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