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

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

North Hills, New York

Population: 5,420
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Values: $957,600 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 0.9% (1st best)
More on North Hills: Real Estate | Data
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

Population: 16,189
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Home Values: $499,300 (34th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (40th best)
More on Floral Park: Real Estate | Data
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!

3. Rye

Rye, New York

Population: 15,949
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Home Values: $1,107,000 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.9% (30th best)
More on Rye: Real Estate | Data
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.

4. Sea Cliff

Sea Cliff, New York

Source: Public domain

Population: 5,069
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Home Values: $650,700 (14th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.1% (16th best)
More on Sea Cliff: Real Estate | Data
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

Bayville, New York

Population: 6,745
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 8)
Home Values: $506,900 (32nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (8th best)
More on Bayville: Real Estate | Data
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

Population: 8,556
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Home Values: $434,400 (47th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.5% (23rd best)
More on Malverne: Real Estate | Data
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

Massapequa Park, New York

Population: 17,176
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Home Values: $444,400 (42nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.8% (74th best)
More on Massapequa Park: Real Estate | Data
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

Population: 24,262
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Home Values: $608,600 (19th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.9% (52nd best)
More on Rockville Centre: Real Estate | Data
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

Lawrence, New York

Population: 6,526
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Home Values: $856,000 (8th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.3% (2nd best)
More on Lawrence: Real Estate | Data
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: Public domain

Population: 7,282
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Home Values: $484,300 (35th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.1% (36th best)
More on Williston Park: Real Estate | Data
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 Places To Live In New York

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

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