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)
- Floral Park (Photos)
- Rye (Photos)
- Sea Cliff (Photos)
- Bayville (Photos)
- Malverne (Photos)
- Massapequa Park
- Rockville Centre (Photos)
- Lawrence (Photos)
- Williston Park (Photos)
Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best 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 5,100
- 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’.
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.
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
Population: 16,189Rank 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.
Population: 15,949Rank 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
Population: 5,069Rank 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 🙂
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!
Population: 8,556Rank 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
Population: 24,262Rank 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.
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
Population: 7,282Rank 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
- 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
- Paul Smiths (Pop. 658)
- Keuka Park (Pop. 959)
- 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)
- Websters Crossing (Pop. 21)
If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in New York:
- Monticello (Pop. 6,577)
- Rochester (Pop. 210,291)
- Newburgh (Pop. 28,406)
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