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Best Places To Live In New York 2020

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score90
  • Fairport, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,372
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  • Williamsville, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,269
  • I lived here for 10 years. The people are incredibly rude, unfriendly, snooty and think they're the best thing to happen to civilization. It's even worse if you move outside of Williamsville proper to…[read more]
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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…[read more]
87
  • East Aurora, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,209
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  • Harris Hill, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,761
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  • West Seneca, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 45,197
  • I always dreamed of moving to New York. I pictured large skyscrapers and lots and lots of people. Of course Central Park was also part of the picture and maybe a good view of the Statue of Liberty. Well…[read more]
86
  • 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…[read more]
85
  • Hamburg, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,576
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  • Pelham Manor, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,564
  • LIVE HERE LIVE HERE LIVE HERE LIVE HERE LIVE HERE LIVE HERE LIVE HERE LIVE HERE LIVE HERE LIVE HERE LIVE HERE LIVE HERE LIVE HERE LIVE…[read more]
85
  • Westvale, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,118
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  • Malverne, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,556
85
  • 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…[read more]
84
  • Pelham, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,996
84
  • Roslyn Heights, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,899
84
  • 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.…[read more]
84
  • Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,959
84
  • Larchmont, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,031
84
  • Westmere, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,778
84
  • Binghamton University, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,149
  • Binghamton University is not a town/city. It is literally a college campus. I have no clue why it is listed here. The surrounding area is truly horrible - look at the reviews for Binghamton, NY. Anyway,…[read more]
83
  • 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…[read more]
83
  • West Point, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,606
83
  • North Hills, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,420
83
  • Irvington, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,559
82
  • 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…[read more]
82
  • 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…[read more]
82
  • Manhasset, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,996
82
  • Northport, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,393
82
  • Nyack, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,788
81
  • Glens Falls North, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,424
81
  • 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…[read more]
81
  • Irondequoit, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 51,135
  • Take a trip to Irondequoit, a suburb of Rochester, NY, and you will find yourself in my backyard. It's a gem of a town with a considerable population and many places that appeal to visitors from around…[read more]
81
  • 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…[read more]
81
  • 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…[read more]
81
  • 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…[read more]
81
  • Cold Spring Harbor, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,055
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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…[read more]
81
  • Tappan, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,913
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  • Valley Cottage, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,443
  • Living in Valley Cottage, NY has proven to be the best decision I have ever made. I have been here with my husband for only three months, but have seen the positivity and friendliness of the community.…[read more]
81
  • Tonawanda city, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,991
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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…[read more]
80
  • Harrison, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 28,082
  • I spent my teenage years with relatives in Harrison, NY for a total of about 5 years. Frankly, I was happy to get out and I've never really thought to go back. Somehow I was fried by the blatant show of…[read more]
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  • Manorhaven, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,601
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  • Cheektowaga, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 74,673
  • The people of Cheektowaga are nice. They're relatively friendly and jovial. They lack the overall nastiness of NY in general. There's a huge Polish population, which means lovely food and festivals. It's…[read more]
80
  • West Elmira, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,117
  • Lovely town that is recently coming back thanks to local entities bringing new ideas and life to this charming town. Sidewalks and a beautiful Town Hall, a gorgeous nature center and affordable housing…[read more]
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  • East Hills, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,072
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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…[read more]
80
  • Dobbs Ferry, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,058
  • Dobbs Ferry is a very significant city to live. I lived in the town for ten years. A lot of employment opportunities are evidenced in the city. It made me have a peaceful stay and raise my family as I…[read more]
80
  • 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…[read more]
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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…[read more]
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  • Stony Brook, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,437
  • Stony brook is a nice Long Island town that is well known for the SUNY university in the town which is one of the leading science schools in the country. The town of Stony brook is much more than just a…[read more]

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.