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.
Say what you want about expensive houses. The fact is, homes are priced by demand, and there’s A LOT of demand to live in North Hills.
The median home costs a cool $957,600 and households make $123,798 which is good for 12th in New York.
Add that all up and North Hills places 1st in our ranking of the best places to live in New York for 2018.
In Floral Park, everyone loves to call Floral Park home! The median home value is the 34th highest in New York.
Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 40th lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Empire State.
Floral Park should consider renaming to Paradise Valley in our humble opinion.
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!
Let’s take a look at why Sea Cliff is a great place to call home for 2018.
There’s low crime in Sea Cliff, and the residents here are gainfully employed (4.1% unemployment rate).
You can make Sea Cliff your home for only $650,700 which won’t be too hard on a $114,048 household salary.
Things can’t get much better than in the town of Bayville. The crime is the 16th lowest in the entire state, and the residents who live in Bayville make huge salaries, and almost all of them have great jobs.
The median home costs a cool $506,900 and households make $100,078 which is good for 31st in New York.
Taking its place as the 6th best place in New York is Malverne. Residents here earn a really high salary each year, and crime is fairly low, in comparison to the rest of New York.
It’s considered a cultural community, as it boasts an arts scene, and many ethnic restaurants, too. Which means you can’t be bored here.
An unemployment rate of only 4.5% helps thing too.
You might be surprised to see the Town of Massapequa Park so high on the list. Unless you live in Massapequa Park.
The unemployment rate here is really low, and at 6.8%, Massapequa Park residents are some of the hardest working in the state of New York. When you factor in high home prices, high incomes and low crime, Massapequa Park is doing quite well.
Let’s be honest — Massapequa Park is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.
Rockville Centre takes 8th place on our list of best places in New York for 2018 thanks to a strong showing in unemployment rate (52nd overall) and things to do.
Rockville Centre is no stranger to top ten lists, being named one of the best places to live in the country by multiple outlets over the past ten years. And that tends to happen when home prices hit $608,600 at the median.
Perhaps what makes Lawrence 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 Lawrence great. They also have the 8th highest median income and the 150th shortest commute time.
Taking a similar route to the top ten as many others on this list, Williston Park ranked highly for adjusted median income (27th), crime (16th), and unemployment (36th).
With a population of 7,282 it was one of the smaller in the top ten and its government website actually goes to pains to say that it’s a “community though not a city”.
But don’t listen to what they say people of Williston Park, you can be anything you want.
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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