Best places to live in New York

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Best places to live in New York

What do you look for in an ideal town? Proximity to trails, lakes, and beaches? How about top-ranked schools for your children? Would you like a professional or college sports team nearby, or do you prefer museums and art walks?

Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in New York using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather.

On the list, there’s a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks. Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.

#10. Kensington
- Population: 1,368
- Median home value: $1,310,700 (86% own)
- Median rent: $3,501 (14% rent)
- Median household income: $180,750
- Top public schools: Great Neck South High School (A+), Manhasset Secondary School (A+), Great Neck North High School (A+)

#9. East Williston
- Population: 2,572
- Median home value: $876,300 (99% own)
- Median rent: $3,501 (1% rent)
- Median household income: $196,625
- Top public schools: Wheatley School (A+), Willets Road School (A+), North Side School (A+)

#8. Williamsville
- Population: 5,233
- Median home value: $170,800 (65% own)
- Median rent: $986 (35% rent)
- Median household income: $71,625
- Top public schools: Williamsville East High School (A+), Dodge Elementary School (A+), Williamsville North High School (A+)
- Top private schools: Christian Central Academy (A), Ss. Peter & Paul Elementary School, Mayfair Gardens Montessori

#7. Manhasset Hills
- Population: 3,615
- Median home value: $846,800 (96% own)
- Median rent: $2,656 (4% rent)
- Median household income: $175,139
- Top public schools: Great Neck South High School (A+), Herricks High School (A+), Great Neck South Middle School (A+)

#6. Syosset
- Population: 19,453
- Median home value: $663,400 (91% own)
- Median rent: $2,734 (9% rent)
- Median household income: $163,589
- Top public schools: Syosset Senior High School (A+), Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School (A+), Village Elementary School (A+)
- Top private schools: Our Lady of Mercy Academy (A), St. Edward the Confessor School (A-), Variety Child Learning Center

#5. Cayuga Heights
- Population: 3,689
- Median home value: $413,000 (52% own)
- Median rent: $1,185 (48% rent)
- Median household income: $112,917
- Top public schools: Ithaca Senior High School (A+), Northeast School (A), DeWitt Middle School (A)
- Top private schools: Cornell University Child Care Center

#4. Brighton
- Population: 36,272
- Median home value: $184,600 (55% own)
- Median rent: $1,049 (45% rent)
- Median household income: $75,807
- Top public schools: Brighton High School (A+), Pittsford Sutherland High School (A+), Penfield Senior High School (A+)
- Top private schools: The Harley School (A+), McQuaid Jesuit Preparatory School (A), Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women (A)

#3. Great Neck Gardens
- Population: 1,150
- Median home value: $954,300 (91% own)
- Median rent: No data available (9% rent)
- Median household income: $218,603
- Top public schools: Great Neck South High School (A+), Great Neck North High School (A+), Great Neck South Middle School (A+)

#2. Jericho
- Population: 13,889
- Median home value: $797,400 (87% own)
- Median rent: $2,008 (13% rent)
- Median household income: $173,709
- Top public schools: Jericho Senior High School (A+), Syosset Senior High School (A+), Jeffrey Ratner Robert Seaman Elementary School (A+)

#1. Great Neck Plaza
- Population: 6,957
- Median home value: $364,400 (59% own)
- Median rent: $1,958 (41% rent)
- Median household income: $92,260
- Top public schools: Great Neck South High School (A+), Great Neck South Middle School (A+), E.M. Baker School (A+)
- Top private schools: Long Island Hebrew Academy

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Best places to live in New York

What do you look for in an ideal town? Proximity to trails, lakes, and beaches? How about top-ranked schools for your children? Would you like a professional or college sports team nearby, or do you prefer museums and art walks?

Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in New York using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather.

On the list, there’s a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks. Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.

#10. Kensington
- Population: 1,368
- Median home value: $1,310,700 (86% own)
- Median rent: $3,501 (14% rent)
- Median household income: $180,750
- Top public schools: Great Neck South High School (A+), Manhasset Secondary School (A+), Great Neck North High School (A+)

#9. East Williston
- Population: 2,572
- Median home value: $876,300 (99% own)
- Median rent: $3,501 (1% rent)
- Median household income: $196,625
- Top public schools: Wheatley School (A+), Willets Road School (A+), North Side School (A+)

#8. Williamsville
- Population: 5,233
- Median home value: $170,800 (65% own)
- Median rent: $986 (35% rent)
- Median household income: $71,625
- Top public schools: Williamsville East High School (A+), Dodge Elementary School (A+), Williamsville North High School (A+)
- Top private schools: Christian Central Academy (A), Ss. Peter & Paul Elementary School, Mayfair Gardens Montessori

#7. Manhasset Hills
- Population: 3,615
- Median home value: $846,800 (96% own)
- Median rent: $2,656 (4% rent)
- Median household income: $175,139
- Top public schools: Great Neck South High School (A+), Herricks High School (A+), Great Neck South Middle School (A+)

#6. Syosset
- Population: 19,453
- Median home value: $663,400 (91% own)
- Median rent: $2,734 (9% rent)
- Median household income: $163,589
- Top public schools: Syosset Senior High School (A+), Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School (A+), Village Elementary School (A+)
- Top private schools: Our Lady of Mercy Academy (A), St. Edward the Confessor School (A-), Variety Child Learning Center

#5. Cayuga Heights
- Population: 3,689
- Median home value: $413,000 (52% own)
- Median rent: $1,185 (48% rent)
- Median household income: $112,917
- Top public schools: Ithaca Senior High School (A+), Northeast School (A), DeWitt Middle School (A)
- Top private schools: Cornell University Child Care Center

#4. Brighton
- Population: 36,272
- Median home value: $184,600 (55% own)
- Median rent: $1,049 (45% rent)
- Median household income: $75,807
- Top public schools: Brighton High School (A+), Pittsford Sutherland High School (A+), Penfield Senior High School (A+)
- Top private schools: The Harley School (A+), McQuaid Jesuit Preparatory School (A), Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women (A)

#3. Great Neck Gardens
- Population: 1,150
- Median home value: $954,300 (91% own)
- Median rent: No data available (9% rent)
- Median household income: $218,603
- Top public schools: Great Neck South High School (A+), Great Neck North High School (A+), Great Neck South Middle School (A+)

#2. Jericho
- Population: 13,889
- Median home value: $797,400 (87% own)
- Median rent: $2,008 (13% rent)
- Median household income: $173,709
- Top public schools: Jericho Senior High School (A+), Syosset Senior High School (A+), Jeffrey Ratner Robert Seaman Elementary School (A+)

#1. Great Neck Plaza
- Population: 6,957
- Median home value: $364,400 (59% own)
- Median rent: $1,958 (41% rent)
- Median household income: $92,260
- Top public schools: Great Neck South High School (A+), Great Neck South Middle School (A+), E.M. Baker School (A+)
- Top private schools: Long Island Hebrew Academy

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