These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In New York For 2018


The cream of the crop in the Empire State.

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out that we updated it for 2018.

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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:

  1. North Hills (Photos)
  2. Floral Park (Photos)
  3. Rye (Photos)
  4. Sea Cliff (Photos)
  5. Bayville (Photos)
  6. Malverne (Photos)
  7. Massapequa Park
  8. Rockville Centre (Photos)
  9. Lawrence (Photos)
  10. Williston Park (Photos)

Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in New York.

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

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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 5,100
  • Towns — Populations between 1,000 and 5,100
  • Small Towns — Populations below 1,000

This left us with 163 cities, 468 towns, and 373 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 5,100 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.

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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
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

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

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.

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1. North Hills


Population: 5,420
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Values: $957,600 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 0.9% (1st best)
We wouldn’t be surprised to see CNN call North Hills one of the best places to live in the United States. Not only do the residents all make great livings, there’s essentially no crime in the entire city. And the residents are very involved in the community.

They can’t build homes fast enough here as it seems everyone wants a piece of North Hills.

2. Floral Park

Floral Park, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,189
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Home Values: $499,300 (34th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (40th best)
Floral Park is known for having a great education system and has the 131st shortest commute time.

Additionally, the unemployment rate in Floral Park is the 40th lowest in New York and the median income is the 28th highest in the state.

3. Rye

Rye, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,949
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Home Values: $1,107,000 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.9% (30th best)
With the unemployment rate being the 30th lowest in New York and very stable household median incomes, it’s easy to see why someone would want to live in Rye.

Plus, the crime rate is the 1st lowest in the state!

4. Sea Cliff

Sea Cliff, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,069
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Home Values: $650,700 (14th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.1% (16th best)
Sea Cliff ranks as the 4th best place in New York for 2018. Let’s take a look at why.

Sea Cliff has a lower crime rate than the cities mentioned above. Sea Cliff’s cost of living is a tick higher, but families also earn much higher salaries – to the tune of $114,048 a year.

The knock? We can’t really find one 🙂

5. Bayville


Population: 6,745
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 8)
Home Values: $506,900 (32nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (8th best)
Little Bayville has it made. It has the 8th lowest unemployment rate, and crime is far below average for New York.

Residents here have great jobs, and the home price proves it’s a highly desirable location in the state, for those who can afford the high cost of living

We’d recommend you start saving up!

6. Malverne

Malverne, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,556
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Home Values: $434,400 (47th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.5% (23rd best)
Malverne is a cute little city where crime is far below the state average, and where it’s affordable. The schools are also solidly rated.

Home prices clock in at $434,400 and households earn a median salary of $105,213. One could get used to that.

7. Massapequa Park


Population: 17,176
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Home Values: $444,400 (42nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.8% (74th best)
Massapequa Park’s unemployment rates are some of the lowest in the state and the median income is the 15th highest, making Massapequa Park a great place to work and settle down if you’re look for a stable job with a stable income.

Additionally, Massapequa Park has above average education and low crime, making this place a safe place to live.

8. Rockville Centre

Rockville Centre, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,262
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Home Values: $608,600 (19th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.9% (52nd best)
Who wouldn’t want to live in a place where there’s low crime and everyone is rich? That’s the case with Rockville Centre.

Things are looking peachy keen here. The unemployment rate is the 52nd lowest in New York and the median income comes in at $102,807.

This is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.

9. Lawrence


Population: 6,526
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Home Values: $856,000 (8th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.3% (2nd best)
It’s obvious why Lawrence ranks 9th in the state for best places to live: they have the 2nd lowest unemployment rate and the 8th highest home values.

Plus, they’re known for their quality education and relatively low crime, making Lawrence a great place to live.

10. Williston Park

Williston Park, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,282
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Home Values: $484,300 (35th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.1% (36th best)
Williston Park 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 36th lowest unemployment rate, the 27th highest adjusted income, and rates above most places in education.

When you’re looking at science and data, Williston Park defintely deserves a spot on the list for 2018.

Wrapping Up The Best Of The Best 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

  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. Paul Smiths (Pop. 658)
  2. Keuka Park (Pop. 959)
  3. Copake Falls (Pop. 208)
  4. Chautauqua (Pop. 567)
  5. Virgil (Pop. 367)
  6. Grand View-on-Hudson (Pop. 366)
  7. Woodsburgh (Pop. 756)
  8. Hewlett Neck (Pop. 363)
  9. Malverne Park Oaks (Pop. 653)
  10. Websters Crossing (Pop. 21)

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

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

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Detailed List Of The Best Cities In New York

City Rank Previous Rank Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
North Hills 1 1 5,420 0.9% $957,600
Floral Park 2 2 16,189 5.3% $499,300
Rye 3 4 15,949 4.9% $1,107,000
Sea Cliff 4 3 5,069 4.1% $650,700
Bayville 5 13 6,745 3.2% $506,900
Malverne 6 5 8,556 4.5% $434,400
Massapequa Park 7 11 17,176 6.8% $444,400
Rockville Centre 8 9 24,262 5.9% $608,600
Lawrence 9 6 6,526 2.3% $856,000
Williston Park 10 8 7,282 5.1% $484,300
East Rockaway 11 7 9,815 5.4% $443,600
East Hills 12 10 7,072 4.8% $921,600
Great Neck 13 15 10,183 4.8% $763,600
Mineola 14 20 19,071 3.0% $438,900
Farmingdale 15 14 8,532 4.4% $369,700
Babylon 16 26 12,130 4.4% $440,400
Cedarhurst 17 24 6,652 7.1% $530,500
Larchmont 18 16 6,031 6.0% $1,060,700
Northport 19 23 7,393 5.4% $554,600
New Hyde Park 20 19 9,854 6.9% $483,100
Pelham Manor 21 12 5,564 5.2% $854,700
Scarsdale 22 18 17,684 3.2% $1,318,500
Lynbrook 23 34 19,584 6.7% $423,600
Pelham 24 17 6,996 4.0% $628,500
Great Neck Plaza 25 35 6,924 6.8% $331,500
Kings Point 26 32 5,140 4.9% $1,724,800
Port Jefferson 27 29 7,795 5.2% $499,400
Pleasantville 28 27 7,134 4.6% $578,300
Bronxville 29 25 6,395 8.5% $995,100
Irvington 30 22 6,559 2.3% $648,300
Long Beach 31 30 33,670 7.0% $455,800
Manorhaven 32 50 6,601 6.8% $561,500
Hastings-On-Hudson 33 21 7,959 6.2% $627,100
Briarcliff Manor 34 31 7,732 4.5% $678,100
Wesley Hills 35 37 5,860 6.2% $562,500
Westbury 36 36 15,319 4.0% $416,800
Dobbs Ferry 37 28 11,058 6.4% $618,200
Lake Grove 38 41 11,206 3.6% $382,100
Airmont 39 38 8,833 4.1% $460,100
Suffern 40 46 10,936 5.9% $309,200
Glen Cove 41 44 27,246 4.7% $479,800
Fairport 42 52 5,372 4.2% $167,600
Colonie 43 41 7,888 4.0% $198,700
Valley Stream 44 40 37,626 9.5% $371,500
Lindenhurst 45 47 27,234 5.6% $345,700
Williamsville 46 44 5,269 5.1% $164,000
Saratoga Springs 47 49 27,447 7.0% $332,800
Chestnut Ridge 48 64 8,096 5.7% $433,200
White Plains 49 61 57,925 6.7% $513,300
Nyack 50 53 6,788 4.9% $444,800
Kenmore 51 56 15,303 3.4% $114,500
Hamburg 52 57 9,576 4.2% $151,300
Scotia 53 33 7,732 5.0% $137,400
Cortland 54 39 19,018 5.0% $96,200
Amityville 55 60 9,484 5.3% $378,500
Kaser 56 5,082 5.7% $568,200
Freeport 57 59 43,217 6.7% $311,100
Ballston Spa 58 43 5,134 8.9% $216,300
New Rochelle 59 54 79,299 7.5% $545,700
Mechanicville 60 66 5,169 6.9% $151,100
Harrison 61 62 28,082 7.4% $803,200
Cohoes 62 79 16,411 8.7% $150,100
North Tonawanda 63 48 30,935 7.9% $109,200
Waterloo 64 73 5,184 4.5% $86,000
Watervliet 65 71 10,207 7.2% $139,000
East Aurora 66 77 6,209 3.2% $180,000
Croton-On-Hudson 67 70 8,209 6.7% $519,400
Horseheads 68 51 6,608 3.0% $104,000
Glens Falls 69 75 14,422 8.0% $150,800
Mamaroneck 70 58 19,263 6.8% $591,700
Ithaca 71 63 30,625 7.4% $219,100
Plattsburgh 72 77 19,820 6.6% $148,600
Hempstead 73 83 55,454 7.1% $306,900
Corning 74 96 10,978 6.5% $105,100
New Hempstead 75 82 5,311 8.9% $471,200
Rye Brook 76 55 9,513 9.4% $737,100
Geneseo 77 81 8,124 5.5% $157,800
Patchogue 78 80 12,293 6.6% $297,700
Hilton 79 67 5,921 6.1% $126,100
Peekskill 80 95 23,977 8.2% $289,100
New Square 81 94 7,804 11.7% $339,000
Oneonta 82 67 13,863 8.3% $141,100
Warwick 83 73 6,777 7.1% $299,400
Washingtonville 84 88 5,813 5.5% $242,600
West Haverstraw 85 89 10,334 7.1% $264,600
Rome 86 92 32,673 5.5% $94,100
Yonkers 87 90 199,725 8.6% $379,500
Depew 88 97 15,325 5.5% $112,300
Saranac Lake 89 85 5,569 7.1% $148,500
Medina 90 129 5,885 7.9% $72,300
Goshen 91 72 5,378 6.1% $300,900
Fredonia 92 69 10,801 8.1% $128,900
Canandaigua 93 76 10,460 6.8% $161,200
Lancaster 94 91 10,220 7.8% $123,200
Beacon 95 106 14,289 8.7% $244,600
Port Chester 96 87 29,417 7.5% $435,100
New York 97 108 8,461,961 8.6% $508,900
Norwich 98 111 6,979 7.5% $86,600
Monroe 99 84 8,547 5.0% $304,900
Baldwinsville 100 115 7,461 7.1% $119,200

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