Where are the best places in the state of New York?
To the untrained eye they are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places in Empire State where people have the best jobs, residents are all above average, and the sun shines the most.
However, here at HomeSnacks, we don’t trust the untrained eye and instead look to data to understand the best places to call home in New York.
There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against.
After analyzing 163 places in New York, we came up with this list of the best places:
- North Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Floral Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Rye (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Sea Cliff (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bayville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Malverne (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Massapequa Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Rockville Centre (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Lawrence (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Williston Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
Well, it looks like you should check out North Hills if you’re thinking of moving to New York — it’s the best the Empire State has to offer according to the data.
Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in New York.
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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’.
You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.
How We Calculated The Best Place 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
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
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 tiny town of North Hills 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, North Hills is a great central spot for making the most of life.
Floral Park has some of the most employed as well as the highest earning residents in the entire state of New York. Factor in a very low crime rate, and this Floral Park is a real gem.
With high incomes comes a high cost of living, which can been seen in the home prices. Additionally, the commute time for Floral Park residents to work is significantly higher than average.
The Rye has the 30th lowest unemployment rate in New York. The population growth here has been 8% over the last 15 years, meaning a lot of people want to live here. If they can afford it; the cost of living in Rye is higher than the national average and households make $162,394 per year.
We’d move to Rye if we could in a heart beat.
Say what you want about cheap living. The fact is, homes are priced by demand, and there’s A LOT of demand to live in Sea Cliff.
Sea Cliff ranked impressively high for its crime rate (16th overall) and its short commute times (134th).
We think that’s worth the price of admission.
The crime is the 16th lowest in the state in Bayville, and there were only 4 violent crimes in the entire city last year. We think it’s even safer here than the numbers indicate.
The schools are some of the best in New York, and residents live in very expensive homes. They also earn more than most every other city in the state. Residents in Bayville earn $100,078 a year.
Let’s take a look at why Malverne is a great place to call home for 2018.
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.
In Massapequa Park, everyone loves to call Massapequa Park home! The median home value is the 42nd highest in New York.
Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 74th lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Empire State.
Rockville Centre, population 24,262, is the largest ‘big’ city to make the top of this list. When you combine a short commute time, high employment rates and a high population density, you get a very nice place to live.
Rockville Centre has ranked high on other similar lists in America by major news media, so we aren’t alone in our analysis.
Things can’t get much better than in the town of Lawrence. The crime is the 16th lowest in the entire state, and the residents who live in Lawrence make huge salaries, and almost all of them have great jobs.
The median home costs a cool $856,000 and households make $140,221 which is good for 8th in New York.
Williston Park comes in 10th in our best places to live in New York analysis.
Ranking highly for its exceptionally low unemployment rate (36th overall) and crime rate (16th overall), Williston Park is the exact kind of place you’d want to live with a family.
Several large companies call the surrounding area home which should keep Williston Park in our lists for years to come.
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 2018.
Best Towns To Live In New York
- Kensington (Pop. 1,176)
- Orchard Park (Pop. 3,197)
- Clarence Center (Pop. 2,341)
- East Greenbush (Pop. 4,960)
- Pittsford (Pop. 1,573)
- Halesite (Pop. 2,504)
- Katonah (Pop. 2,077)
- Roslyn Estates (Pop. 1,200)
- Point Lookout (Pop. 1,128)
- Cayuga Heights (Pop. 3,799)
Best Small Towns To Live In New York
- Copake Falls (Pop. 208)
- Chautauqua (Pop. 567)
- Virgil (Pop. 367)
- Grand View-on-Hudson (Pop. 366)
- Woodsburgh (Pop. 756)
- Hewlett Neck (Pop. 363)
- Malverne Park Oaks (Pop. 653)
- Belle Terre (Pop. 725)
- Plandome Manor (Pop. 884)
- North Hornell (Pop. 763)
If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in New York according to the data:
- Newburgh (Pop. 28,406)
- Rochester (Pop. 210,291)
- Monticello (Pop. 6,577)
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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In New York
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