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Best Places To Live In New York 2018

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score85
  • Rye, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,949
  • If you are looking for a wonderful place to call home, you won't find a much better place than Rye. This beautiful town has it all: excellent schools, lots of jobs and nice housing, neighborhoods that
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  • North Hills, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,420
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  • Irvington, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,559
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  • Scarsdale, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,684
  • For anyone who is considering moving to Scarsdale, New York, let me just say YOU WILL LOVE IT HERE! I have been living in Scarsdale for 16 years now, and I plan to live out the rest of my days right
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  • Jericho, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,730
  • If you're going to be in the Jericho, NY area soon, you'll thoroughly enjoy your time there, since you and your family won't run out of fun things to do and see. The NYCB Theater at Westbury is a
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  • Pelham, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,996
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  • Syosset, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,232
  • During the years I've lived in Syosset, I gotta say that it is a relatively easy going place. I know people typically get an idea about New York, but here in Syosset it feels like you are in your own
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  • Briarcliff Manor, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,732
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  • Port Jefferson, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,795
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  • Pelham Manor, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,564
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  • East Hills, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,072
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  • Setauket-East Setauket, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,174
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  • Plainview, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 26,087
  • Plainview is an historic town with lots of interactive and fun activities for the entire family. Whether you want to be outdoors, find great places to eat or look for unique forms of entertainment,
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  • Roslyn Heights, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,899
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  • Old Bethpage, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,439
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  • Bethpage, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,197
  • Bethpage is a small town in Nassau County located right on the border of Suffolk that has a wide range of great offerings to residents. Overall, Bethpage is a great town to live in and one that has some
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  • West Hills, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,163
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  • Bronxville, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,395
  • The village of Bronxville is best described as an extremely well-to-do, residential community located ten miles north of mid-town Manhattan. The villages's most identifiable characteristics includes a
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  • Greenville, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,114
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  • Commack, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 36,625
  • New York is one of those states that has created an awesome reputation for itself. They say it is the artistic capital of the world. I believe this is true as many cities within it haver great artistic
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  • Salisbury, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,720
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  • Tonawanda, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 57,844
  • I really enjoy living in Tonawanda NY, it is a beautiful small town with a great community. The crime rate is low and the people are very friendly. I have a small child and the parks are great for him to
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  • Wantagh, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,490
  • Wantagh is often called the bridge to Jones Beach and this is one of the major benefits of living here. Simply take a ten minute drive down Wantagh parkway and you are at Jones Beach, one of the premier
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  • Larchmont, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,031
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  • Manhasset, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,996
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  • Williamsville, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,269
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  • St. James, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,512
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  • Stony Brook, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,437
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  • Sea Cliff, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,069
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  • Malverne, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,556
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  • Mount Sinai, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,362
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  • Harris Hill, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,761
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  • Port Washington, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,925
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  • Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,959
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  • North Massapequa, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,493
  • North Massapequa is perfectly located for commuting to Manhattan on the Long Island Railroad, and also enjoying the suburban life of the island with its plentiful parks and beaches. Much of North
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  • Woodmere, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,554
  • All in all, Woodmere, NY is a nice, quiet, enjoyable place to live just outside of New York City where you can enjoy nature and still have a lot of access to all of the perks of the Big Apple nearby. I
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  • Cold Spring Harbor, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,055
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  • Great Neck, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,183
  • Great Neck is a money grubbing cold town. You get hit with $50 for parking in front of your own home and if you have guests this is hard ticket not to get. The regular taxes too are sky high too. The
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  • North New Hyde Park, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,374
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  • Babylon, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,130
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  • Eastchester, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,912
  • I've lived in Eastchester for five years with my husband and our son. We had originally moved here because of the school system, but quickly fell in love with the rest of the area as well! Everyone that
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  • Garden City, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,531
  • Garden City is a little bit of Manhattan right in the middle of Long Island. Only 35 minutes to Manhattan by train, but without a direct train line, Garden City is conveniently located for commuters and
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  • East Aurora, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,209
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  • Northport, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,393
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  • Plainedge, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,040
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  • Garden City Park, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,179
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  • Rockville Centre, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 24,262
  • I have been living in Rockville Centre my whole life, and I think that this is a very good place to live. It is a suburb of New York City, though the city is very close and accessible. Many different
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  • Merrick, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,808
  • Merrick is very family-friendly and adult-friendly. I enjoy living there because it is a safe neighborhood with plenty of amenities and leisure places. There are plenty of options when it comes to
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  • Miller Place, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,985
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  • Binghamton University, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,149

New York: The Empire State

There’s a reason why more than 20 million people call New York home. For some, it may be the lure of the Big Apple or the desire to spend time in rural upstate. For others, it may mean big opportunities in New York’s financial or pharmaceutical industries. Whatever the reason, one thing is clear - the Empire State offers the size, beauty, and opportunity other states seem to lack. If you’re thinking about living in New York State, this list of the best places could help you find the perfect spot.

New York State is located on the eastern (Atlantic Ocean) coast of the U.S. It’s bordered by New Jersey and Pennsylvania to the south; and Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont to the east. The state capital is Albany. New York State is home to the nation’s most populous city, New York City, and the nation’s largest urban region, the New York Metropolitan Area.

New York’s diverse geography ranges from Long Island and its associated smaller islands in the south; to the Appalachian Mountains in the north; to the Southern Tier portion of the Catskill Mountains along the border with Pennsylvania. Adirondack Park, located in upstate New York, is the largest state park in the United States. It is larger than the Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier, and Olympic National Parks combined. New York State is famous for having bitterly cold winters, but in the summer, daytime temperatures can reach the upper 70s to mid-80s, and the weather can be very humid.

Unlike some other scenic American states, New York brims with culture, style, and sophistication. Upstate New York has a thriving wine industry, and the state boasts two Ivy League schools, Cornell and Columbia. There’s also a long list of cool, relaxed rural towns and coastal hideaways that warrant a long visit. A tourist trip to New York City is a big part of New York’s draw. However, nearly everything - from bottled water to movie tickets - is more expensive in New York than elsewhere, so be prepared to spend a little more.

Even if you base yourself in New York City or Albany, it’s still easy to visit one of the state’s many national parks, that famous coastline, and small country towns in a matter of hours. It’s this mix of trendy culture and rural nature that really make the Empire State so appealing for visitors and residents alike. Some of New York’s trendiest places aren’t located in New York City or Albany - they’re tucked away in some of the state’s numerous small country towns, where local cafés and restaurants dish up local flavor, and independent musicians hold impromptu concerts.

With such an abundance of great cities and neighborhoods to choose from, finding the best places to live in New York isn't easy. We'll give you a head start, as these cities are our picks for the best places to live in the Empire State. To further customize your list of the best places to live in New York, you can also specify your search radius, population size, home/rent budget and what metrics (amenities, crime, cost of living, education, employment, housing, weather) are most important to you.