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

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

For more New York reading, check out:

Mapping The Best And Worst 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 5,000
  • 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’.

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.

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.

North Hills, NY

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

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

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.

Floral Park, NY

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

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

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.

Rye, NY

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

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

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!

Sea Cliff, NY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

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

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.

Bayville, NY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

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

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.

Malverne, NY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

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

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.

Massapequa Park, NY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

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

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, NY

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

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

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.

Lawrence, NY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

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

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.

Williston Park, NY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,282
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $484,300 (35th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.1% (36th best)
More on Williston Park: Real Estate| Data| Photos

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

  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. Copake Falls (Pop. 208)
  2. Chautauqua (Pop. 567)
  3. Virgil (Pop. 367)
  4. Grand View-on-Hudson (Pop. 366)
  5. Woodsburgh (Pop. 756)
  6. Hewlett Neck (Pop. 363)
  7. Malverne Park Oaks (Pop. 653)
  8. Belle Terre (Pop. 725)
  9. Plandome Manor (Pop. 884)
  10. North Hornell (Pop. 763)

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

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

For more New York reading, check out:

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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