These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In New York


The cream of the crop in the Empire State.

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Where are the best places in the state of New York? They are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places where people have the best jobs, where residents are happily married, and where the sun shines the most.

And certainly, since crime is really low, every one wants to be there. It’s, literally, all sunshine and rainbows.

We looked at the 500 most populated cities in the Empire State for this study. The cities at the top are places where things are going swimmingly right now, at least according to data, which measures the good things that people say they want in a New York city.

There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against. We had more than 10 million people read our worst cities in a state series, which was featured in hundreds of media outlets, including an NPR feature.

So we know what we’re talking about.

Here are the 10 best places to live in New York:

  1. Malverne
  2. Plainview
  3. Merrick
  4. Mount Pleasant
  5. North Hempstead
  6. Woodmere
  7. Syosset
  8. Bronxville
  9. Massapequa Park
  10. Pelham Manor

We understand there’s a lot of good in every place. However, according to data (which doesn’t measure things like beauty, ‘friendly people’ and community involvement), these are the best options in New York for making a place home.

The worst city to live in New York? Richland. More on that later.

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How do you decide if a place is amazeballs or not?

In order to rank New York’s best cities, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, good weather, things to do and a stable economy.

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we crunched the numbers for New York

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the government census, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Sperling’s Best Places, this is the criteria we used:

  • Strong schools
  • Low unemployment rates
  • High incomes
  • High home prices
  • Lots of sunny days a year
  • Low crime
  • Low cost of living

If you’d like to see the complete list of cities in New York, scroll to the bottom of this post to see a link to the entire data set.

Note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. This list is based on data, and is entirely unbiased. The cost of living numbers below are based on an average of 100, so anything under 100 is more affordable.

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1. Malverne

Best New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,522
Crime Index: 31
Cost Of Living Index: 153

When you look at the data, Malverne, a village of Hempstead in Nassau County is the bet place you can live in New York state. The cost of living is high, but it’s really safe.

2. Plainview

Best New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,996
Crime Index: 26
Cost Of Living Index: 171

Planview is a hamlet and census designated place on Long Island, near the town of Oyster Bay. It’s very expensive, but very safe.

3. Merrick

Best New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,222
Crime Index: 27
Cost Of Living Index: 166

Merrick is a medium-sized place within Hempstead, also on Long Island.

4. Mount Pleasant

Best New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 43,780
Crime Index: 35
Cost Of Living Index: 93

Mount Pleasant is actually a really affordable, safe place along the Hudson River, north of downtown New York City.

5. North Hempstead

Best New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 225,971
Crime Index: 46
Cost Of Living Index: 108

North Hempstead is a large town in Nassau County just across the bridge from NYC on Long Island.

6. Woodmere

Best New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,215
Crime Index: 31
Cost Of Living Index: 187

This census designated place is in Nassau County, Long Island. It’s really expensive, but ranks high in all other categories.

7. Syosset

Best New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,691
Crime Index: 28
Cost Of Living Index: 183

Another expensive place on Long Island, Syosset has little crime.

8. Bronxville

Best New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,345
Crime Index: 42
Cost Of Living Index: 229

Though way out of the price range for most New Yorkers, you’re only 10 miles north of downtown.

9. Massapequa Park

Best New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,014
Crime Index: 41
Cost Of Living Index: 155

This is another village on Long Island that’s a great place to live.

10. Pelham Manor

Best New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,485
Crime Index: 38
Cost Of Living Index: 225

Palham Manor is a village in Westchester County. It’s very expensive.

There You Have It

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Malverne is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most New York residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.

Other notable cities:
3rd Worst: Niagara Falls
2nd Worst: Albion
Worst: Richland

We also wrote about the 10 worst places to live in New York.

Detailed List Of Best Places To Live In New York

City Rank Population Crime Index Cost Of Living Index
Malverne 1 8,522 31 153
Plainview 2 25,996 26 171
Merrick 3 21,222 27 166
Mount Pleasant 4 43,780 35 93
North Hempstead 5 225,971 46 108
Woodmere 6 17,215 31 187
Syosset 7 18,691 28 183
Bronxville 8 6,345 42 229
Massapequa Park 9 17,014 16.7 155
Pelham Manor 10 5,485 38 225
Massapequa 11 22,103 24 156
Levittown 12 53,357 27 141
North New Hyde Park 13 14,283 17.6 177
Plainedge 14 9,291 23 159
Jericho 15 13,090 42 209
South Farmingdale 16 14,248 24 144
North Bellmore 17 19,727 30 154
East Hills 18 6,948 32 267
Pleasantville 19 7,027 22 176
New Castle 20 17,611 30 101
North Castle 21 11,831 28 79
Lewisboro 22 12,437 23 79
Larchmont 23 5,881 43 275
Bellmore 24 16,409 31 156
Williston Park 25 7,264 42 169
Greenville (Westchester County) 26 7,190 42 241
Wantagh 27 18,316 24 156
Briarcliff Manor 28 8,295 24 200
Salisbury 29 11,879 26 165
Port Washington 30 15,916 30 217
North Wantagh 31 11,562 20 157
North Merrick 32 12,001 23 167
Baldwin Harbor 33 8,396 33 161
Albertson 34 5,613 22 170
Greenburgh 35 88,729 68 114
West Hempstead 36 18,673 34 147
South Valley Stream 37 5,761 43 167
Seaford 38 15,251 28 154
Rockville Centre 39 24,009 59 194
North Valley Stream 40 16,662 41 154
East Meadow 41 38,126 30 151
Tappan 42 6,562 24 164
East Massapequa 43 18,579 36 162
Irvington 44 6,445 24 212
New Hyde Park 45 9,698 31 164
Garden City Park 46 7,839 35 174
Baldwin 47 23,911 48 143
North Massapequa 48 18,997 22 162
Mamaroneck 49 18,932 44 181
Blauvelt 50 5,526 24 165
Floral Park 51 16,263 44 171
Yorktown 52 36,172 50 109
Huntington 53 18,811 45 148
Cortlandt 54 41,577 52 83
Eastchester 55 19,541 42 188
Oceanside 56 31,033 31 155
Orangetown 57 49,291 60 79
Thiells 58 5,171 30 145
Old Bethpage 59 5,491 25 176
Scarsdale 60 17,233 42 328
Somers 61 20,456 27 115
Dobbs Ferry 62 10,889 49 192
Pound Ridge 63 5,103 47 100
Lakeview 64 5,507 51 150
Bethpage 65 16,631 28 152
Hicksville 66 41,291 31 147
Carmel 67 34,333 36 105
Carle Place 68 5,610 54 161
Hewlett 69 6,308 46 161
Sea Cliff 70 5,007 55 194
East Rockaway 71 9,829 52 152
Congers 72 8,343 35 155
Commack 73 35,919 27 157
Mineola 74 18,765 61 165
Jefferson Valley-Yorktown 75 14,503 28 145
Garden City 76 22,349 50 221
North Salem 77 5,120 49 79
Lynbrook 78 19,426 53 152
Lawrence 79 6,476 47 251
Hillcrest 80 7,629 47 120
Hastings-On-Hudson 81 7,855 62 198
Wesley Hills 82 5,627 26 188
Stony Brook 83 13,207 31 153
Tuckahoe 84 6,485 31 163
Tuckahoe 85 6,485 31 163
Great Neck 86 9,972 54 255
New City 87 33,807 31 167
Hartsdale 88 5,360 57 164
Franklin Square 89 29,853 37 152
East Shoreham 90 6,266 25 158
West Islip 91 28,145 26 148
Bayville 92 6,690 46 163
Tarrytown 93 11,299 41 160
Northport 94 7,418 35 173
Roslyn Heights 95 6,518 47 216
Rye Brook 96 9,325 36 209
Smithtown 97 25,849 34 160
East Islip 98 14,098 37 150
Nesconset 99 13,994 43 153
Kent 100 13,520 35 82
Oyster Bay 101 6,443 80 181
Ramapo 102 126,564 51 93
Cedarhurst 103 6,561 56 185
Lake Grove 104 11,125 39 146
St. James 105 12,882 30 149
Stony Point 106 12,651 39 141
Farmingville 107 16,586 43 134
Uniondale 108 24,667 65 130
Suffern 109 10,764 33 143
Chestnut Ridge 110 7,939 41 133
Fort Salonga 111 9,875 31 199
Penfield 112 36,330 40 80
West Hills 113 5,297 24 170
Wading River 114 7,891 34 148
Setauket-East Setauket 115 15,253 34 162
Clarkstown 116 84,504 73 112
White Plains 117 56,768 78 169
Valley Cottage 118 9,409 39 145
Dix Hills 119 26,870 30 200
Lake Mohegan 120 5,965 55 131
Nanuet 121 18,087 62 145
Bethlehem 122 33,689 53 74
North Hills 123 5,052 46 248
Croton-On-Hudson 124 8,031 53 167
Ossining 125 25,085 61 135
Putnam Valley 126 11,768 44 92
Airmont 127 8,607 36 170
Babylon 128 12,185 50 152
Great Neck Plaza 129 6,719 71 247
Pearl River 130 16,051 40 159
Valley Stream 131 37,394 48 145
Pelham 132 6,894 81 189
Centerport 133 5,544 36 173
East Northport 134 20,660 38 158
Elwood 135 10,821 32 177
Rye 136 15,713 63 308
Harrison 137 27,377 46 248
Westbury 138 15,103 55 149
Long Beach 139 33,356 81 157
Lindenhurst 140 27,297 45 133
Elmont 141 35,726 63 139
Roosevelt 142 16,218 81 130
Deer Park 143 27,770 45 134
North Babylon 144 17,625 40 136
Farmingdale 145 8,191 62 145
Melville 146 19,043 42 175
Manhasset 147 8,481 53 254
Medford 148 25,243 43 124
Philipstown 149 9,687 55 99
Kings Point 150 5,011 37 303
Southeast 151 18,365 50 117
South Huntington 152 9,503 36 145
Mount Sinai 153 11,949 28 149
Oakdale 154 7,217 41 152
Sound Beach 155 7,187 53 124
Selden 156 19,978 51 127
Stony Brook University 157 8,659 17.0 152
Perinton 158 46,452 45 79
Centereach 159 32,443 39 133
Carmel Hamlet 160 6,663 50 134
Miller Place 161 12,163 31 148
Lake Carmel 162 7,782 44 118
Monroe 163 8,407 104 142
Islip Terrace 164 5,243 35 139
Amherst 165 122,232 68 76
Holtsville 166 19,689 43 137
South Hill 167 5,988 64 108
Baywood 168 7,746 48 142
Glen Cove 169 26,918 46 162
North Patchogue 170 7,499 44 141
Sleepy Hollow 171 9,840 52 196
West Haverstraw 172 10,189 84 119
New Cassel 173 13,833 88 135
Wheatley Heights 174 5,238 51 163
Lake Ronkonkoma 175 20,536 54 145
Manorhaven 176 6,533 105 171
Port Chester 177 28,949 84 154
Mahopac 178 8,076 52 139
Sayville 179 16,172 48 150
Colonie 180 7,831 73 105
Ronkonkoma 181 19,346 46 133
Yaphank 182 5,869 35 120
Terryville 183 12,223 48 132
Kings Park 184 17,835 41 151
East Fishkill 185 28,991 44 93
Islip 186 18,862 46 141
North Lindenhurst 187 11,749 60 145
Mount Kisco 188 10,855 78 167
Hauppauge 189 21,144 41 160
Holbrook 190 27,256 50 141
Southold 191 5,965 37 176
Shirley 192 25,136 50 117
Peekskill 193 23,568 53 122
Guilderland 194 35,310 67 104
Viola 195 7,202 57 184
Greenlawn 196 13,565 47 165
Myers Corner 197 6,747 20 126
Monsey 198 17,655 77 161
Bohemia 199 10,295 45 146
Clarence 200 30,464 54 78
Clarence 201 30,464 54 78
Westvale 202 5,017 18.1 99
Amityville 203 9,522 60 130
Mount Ivy 204 6,904 68 138
Nyack 205 7,079 120 152
Manorville 206 13,440 45 145
Patterson 207 12,029 51 103
Huntington Station 208 32,544 70 135
New Square 209 6,924 108 188
West Babylon 210 44,175 55 134
Clifton Park 211 36,640 58 72
Port Jefferson 212 7,777 59 157
East Garden City 213 6,129 74 198
La Grange 214 15,756 30 83
Cold Spring Harbor 215 5,009 41 260
Center Moriches 216 8,111 48 136
North Bay Shore 217 20,069 74 124
Coram 218 38,791 66 127
Henrietta 219 42,597 58 74
Mount Hope 220 7,016 28 100
Hamburg 221 9,461 69 93
Niskayuna 222 5,090 58 114
Hamptonburgh 223 5,542 32 99
Cornwall 224 12,638 45 78
Mastic 225 15,794 60 111
Inwood 226 9,498 108 144
Spring Valley 227 31,348 105 116
Bayport 228 8,721 62 151
Woodbury 229 10,655 44 140
Woodbury 230 10,655 44 140
Copiague 231 21,428 62 125
Ithaca 232 30,016 98 113
Freeport 233 42,906 102 134
East Farmingdale 234 6,486 62 154
Rocky Point 235 13,860 51 125
Schodack 236 12,867 44 91
Pompey 237 7,080 24 95
Blooming Grove 238 18,015 46 123
Beekman 239 14,602 42 122
Marilla 240 5,337 26 64
Brighton 241 36,568 85 101
North Amityville 242 18,400 95 125
Goshen 243 5,462 37 135
Orange Lake 244 7,206 34 131
Mendon 245 9,130 43 78
New Rochelle 246 77,074 81 188
Chili 247 28,614 47 87
Harris Hill 248 5,344 44 97
Elma 249 11,349 28 79
Fairport 250 5,365 32 99
Central Islip 251 36,790 80 121
Ridge 252 13,020 35 118
East Aurora 253 6,247 38 97
Westmere 254 6,922 137 109
New Scotland 255 8,683 66 112
Port Jefferson Station 256 8,640 59 134
Wawayanda 257 7,242 50 78
Bay Shore 258 27,887 89 128
Rosendale 259 6,091 34 90
Northumberland 260 5,088 51 74
Webster 261 5,438 46 102
Grand Island 262 20,324 43 83
Crawford 263 9,260 50 109
East Moriches 264 5,023 55 143
Calverton 265 7,304 37 140
Boston 266 8,007 39 77
Brentwood 267 57,003 76 123
Eggertsville 268 15,463 63 86
Gardnertown 269 5,039 44 129
Lysander 270 21,778 49 91
Walworth 271 9,381 29 81
Onondaga 272 23,033 46 89
Warwick 273 6,768 70 131
East Patchogue 274 21,979 71 123
Yonkers 275 196,459 85 151
North Bellport 276 11,703 98 119
Pendleton 277 6,401 25 63
Brunswick 278 12,043 78 74
Cohoes 279 16,153 86 100
North Greenbush 280 12,054 73 105
Hampton Bays 281 13,477 83 151
Springs 282 6,081 83 194
Shawangunk 283 14,217 50 123
Wilton 284 16,112 84 108
Ballston 285 9,803 88 82
Marcy 286 9,046 30 90
Malta 287 14,735 111 74
Patchogue 288 11,831 90 126
Haverstraw 289 11,843 64 117
Williamsville 290 5,298 74 96
Middle Island 291 10,026 54 122
Vestal 292 28,059 60 76
Mastic Beach 293 15,002 75 109
Esopus 294 9,058 61 100
Newstead 295 8,578 44 70
Walden 296 6,938 72 110
New Windsor 297 8,883 65 120
Riga 298 5,643 32 87
New York City 299 8,199,221 96 168
Washingtonville 300 5,901 59 120
Saratoga Springs 301 26,711 70 127
Marlborough 302 8,794 77 93
Fairmount 303 10,013 47 96
Conklin 304 5,433 48 76
Cicero 305 31,429 55 97
Wheatfield 306 17,961 47 65
Pittstown 307 5,744 70 73
Whitestown 308 18,622 38 74
Chenango 309 11,211 43 87
Clay 310 58,332 59 110
Parma 311 15,627 46 95
Wyandanch 312 11,047 104 123
Lloyd 313 10,812 50 105
Kenmore 314 15,407 83 85
Ogden 315 19,852 67 69
Geneseo 316 7,998 44 100
Claverack 317 6,025 61 88
Beekmantown 318 5,532 50 70
Endwell 319 11,575 60 100
Hempstead 320 53,927 110 120
Glenville 321 29,448 58 121
Rensselaer 322 9,378 92 101
Lancaster 323 10,355 69 85
Lee 324 6,492 40 74
Sand Lake 325 8,517 83 122
Fairview (Dutchess County) 326 5,594 56 122
Mechanicville 327 5,212 71 97
Fenton 328 6,649 41 87
Kiryas Joel 329 20,176 84 119
Ontario 330 10,136 81 72
Ontario 331 10,136 81 72
Mount Vernon 332 67,414 121 144
Marbletown 333 5,632 55 123
Highlands 334 12,486 95 109
Hilton 335 5,901 76 90
Cambria 336 5,815 39 75
Williamson 337 6,939 53 82
Williamson 338 6,939 53 82
Queensbury 339 27,830 60 96
Dickinson (Broome County) 340 5,280 67 76
Evans 341 16,379 75 64
Scotia 342 7,720 76 96
Newfield 343 5,192 63 95
Wappingers Falls 344 5,352 80 114
Scotchtown 345 9,870 84 119
Ballston Spa 346 5,426 82 107
East Rochester 347 6,594 76 86
Hudson 348 6,731 113 101
Albany 349 97,892 145 102
East Glenville 350 6,845 74 105
Glens Falls North 351 9,068 77 109
Big Flats 352 5,495 41 100
Rotterdam 353 20,640 73 103
Seneca Falls 354 6,467 59 91
Saratoga 355 5,668 99 97
Wappinger 356 27,073 62 137
Tonawanda 357 58,275 83 85
Tonawanda 358 58,275 83 85
Moreau 359 14,785 86 88
Depew 360 15,324 82 83
West Glens Falls 361 7,034 52 103
Maine 362 5,359 36 108
Porter 363 6,745 49 77
New Paltz 364 6,900 87 125
Mamakating 365 11,989 71 110
West Seneca 366 44,738 74 88
Kirkland 367 10,295 66 86
Greece 368 14,566 81 91
Halfmoon 369 21,681 123 115
Hamlin 370 9,059 60 87
Hamlin 371 9,059 60 87
Beacon 372 15,488 97 118
Binghamton University 373 6,158 126 106
De Witt 374 25,755 87 96
Plattsburgh 375 19,911 88 97
Glens Falls 376 14,696 80 99
Cortlandville 377 8,490 66 85
Oneonta 378 13,890 109 101
Dover 379 8,705 60 115
Sullivan 380 15,314 50 92
Greenfield 381 7,766 78 94
Irondequoit 382 51,610 90 89
Solvay 383 6,570 101 92
Penn Yan 384 5,295 80 93
North Syracuse 385 6,658 54 93
Schuyler Falls 386 5,179 51 99
North Gates 387 9,939 78 89
Fallsburg 388 12,910 79 88
Poughkeepsie 389 31,593 79 112
Chittenango 390 5,067 54 94
Geddes 391 17,087 65 103
Farmington 392 11,953 55 98
Riverhead 393 13,131 93 134
Brockport 394 8,333 83 88
Volney 395 5,923 50 75
Colesville 396 5,226 50 85
Union 397 56,102 82 81
Collins 398 6,711 54 80
North Elba 399 8,899 88 105
Salina 400 33,682 72 100
Royalton 401 7,636 45 77
Baldwinsville 402 7,371 62 94
Concord 403 8,488 59 80
Middletown 404 27,956 123 107
West Point 405 7,286 129 78
Cheektowaga 406 75,218 96 82
Saranac Lake 407 5,856 94 103
Van Buren 408 13,193 67 91
Newburgh 409 28,871 87 112
Hoosick 410 6,920 118 88
Kirkwood 411 5,824 61 92
Sweden 412 14,153 79 87
Milo 413 7,014 86 86
Waterloo 414 5,137 99 90
North Tonawanda 415 31,498 77 83
Mechanicstown 416 6,715 105 105
Vienna 417 5,468 65 74
Mattydale 418 6,625 82 89
Batavia 419 15,472 102 92
Geneva 420 13,264 90 86
Highland 421 5,305 84 117
Arcadia 422 14,205 81 70
Ticonderoga 423 5,045 71 91
Ticonderoga 424 5,045 71 91
Kingston 425 23,864 100 101
Erwin 426 8,091 65 104
Norwich 427 7,193 93 91
Schroeppel 428 8,500 68 75
Monticello 429 6,699 123 101
Hornell 430 8,576 80 84
University At Buffalo 431 5,813 120 94
Deerpark 432 7,904 61 101
Kingsbury 433 12,619 88 90
Johnson City 434 15,132 129 92
Hudson Falls 435 7,252 88 100
Corning 436 11,146 116 91
Thompson 437 15,263 116 95
North Dansville 438 5,525 84 70
Niagara 439 8,358 62 74
Canandaigua 440 10,567 92 101
Cortland 441 19,271 84 92
Endicott 442 13,312 116 92
Port Jervis 443 8,816 103 100
Verona 444 6,286 49 93
Verona 445 6,286 49 93
Ulster 446 12,352 80 178
Pomfret 447 14,886 75 90
Troy 448 50,056 139 100
Scriba 449 6,847 69 75
Malone 450 5,919 95 90
Hastings 451 9,407 58 97
Barton 452 8,851 77 76
Ellicott 453 8,700 104 75
Dunkirk 454 12,518 102 87
Canton 455 6,457 110 103
Fredonia 456 11,146 86 99
Syracuse 457 144,703 135 89
Lackawanna 458 18,116 111 79
Harrietstown 459 5,713 99 98
Hanover 460 7,130 63 97
Schenectady 461 65,921 151 90
South Lockport 462 8,236 82 85
Newark 463 9,118 109 86
Binghamton 464 47,107 126 92
Ridgeway 465 6,772 74 76
Buffalo 466 261,955 157 74
German Flatts 467 13,256 78 75
Horseheads 468 6,490 84 90
Granby 469 6,806 59 96
Jamestown 470 31,014 124 87
Amsterdam 471 18,485 99 93
Cobleskill 472 5,065 198 104
Wawarsing 473 13,276 93 113
Lenox 474 9,079 76 110
Rome 475 33,548 71 89
Southport 476 7,497 70 84
Ilion 477 8,070 89 91
Auburn 478 27,649 107 90
Lockport 479 21,112 105 78
Salamanca 480 5,789 123 88
Bath 481 5,764 106 90
Fulton 482 11,852 112 87
Rochester 483 210,967 152 80
New Hempstead 484 5,140 27 167
Ogdensburg 485 11,177 114 84
Eaton 486 5,138 70 108
Medina 487 6,069 110 83
Oswego 488 18,140 113 91
Olean 489 14,408 118 88
Massena 490 10,987 97 90
Watertown 491 27,161 115 97
Utica 492 61,962 129 89
Elmira 493 29,173 108 83
Herkimer 494 7,691 147 90
Gloversville 495 15,580 121 85
Johnstown 496 8,668 93 94
Oneida 497 11,335 93 94
Niagara Falls 498 50,214 156 74
Albion 499 5,621 105 83
Richland 500 5,722 79 103

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