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Best Places To Live In New York 2018

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score83
  • Williamsville, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,269
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  • Harris Hill, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,761
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  • Binghamton University, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,149
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  • Fairport, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,372
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  • East Aurora, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,209
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  • North Hills, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,420
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  • Pelham, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,996
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  • Hamburg, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,576
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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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  • Westmere, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,778
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  • Manhasset, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,996
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  • North Tonawanda, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 30,935
  • Located just outside of Buffalo, North Tonawanda is no stranger to good food. By far the one thing I always look forward to when coming home to visit. There’s something for everyone here, but the city is
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  • 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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  • Tonawanda city, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,991
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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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  • Roslyn Heights, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,899
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  • Irvington, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,559
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  • Manorhaven, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,601
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  • East Hills, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,072
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  • Port Washington, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,925
  • As an affluent member of society, you will fit right in here at Port Washington. I'm telling you this place is magnificent, you have the Sands Point Golf Club, The Village Club, The Harbor Links Golf
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  • Sea Cliff, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,069
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  • Pelham Manor, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,564
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  • Old Bethpage, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,439
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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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  • Port Jefferson, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,795
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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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  • East Rochester, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,679
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  • Glens Falls North, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,424
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  • Malverne, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,556
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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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  • Garden City Park, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,179
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  • North New Hyde Park, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,374
  • North New Hyde Park is a town in western Suffolk with great shopping, convenient access to Manhattan, and other major benefits. It is a nice town to live in but has the negative of being a bit crowded
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  • Larchmont, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,031
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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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  • 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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  • Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,959
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  • Depew, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,325
  • I enjoy the slow pace of the city of Depew, New York. This city is inland New York and offers a serene lifestyle. It mimics the country lifestyle of the mid-west and does not make you feel like your in
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  • Brighton, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 36,875
  • Brighton is by far one of the most fun cities in the united states. I love the art and the culture in the area. There are a lot of cities here that go under the radar because of larger more famous ones.
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  • Cedarhurst, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,652
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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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  • 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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  • Setauket-East Setauket, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,174
  • I don’t know about living in East Setauket. The residential costs are expensive and the rent there is pricey unless you could afford the extra payments. Despite the liabilities of living there I like
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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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  • Hewlett, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,043
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  • Briarcliff Manor, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,732
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  • Bellmore, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,722
  • Bellmore is a great town on the South Shore of Long Island that is easily accessible to Manhattan on the LLIRR. Bellmore is a commuter town and provides great opportunity for those who want to work in
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  • West Hills, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,163
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  • Saratoga Springs, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,447
  • Even though I've lived in Saratoga Springs for years, I still feel the magic is somehow fresh every day. Even though I live here, I also can feel I'm getting an escape here. It's easy on the eyes—idyllic
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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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  • Westvale, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,118

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.