Best places to live in New York

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March 31, 2021
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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. Cities, suburbs, and towns were included. Listings and images are from realtor.com.

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.

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#25. Manhasset

- Population: 7,985
- Median home value: $1,109,400 (79% own)
- Median rent: $1,413 (21% rent)
- Median household income: $177,321
- Top public schools: Great Neck South High School (A+), Herricks High School (A+), Roslyn High School (A+)
- Top private schools: St. Mary's College Preparatory High School (A-), St. Mary's Elementary School (unavailable), Manhasset KinderCare (unavailable)

- Pictured: 95 Lake Rd, Manhasset ($11.8 million, 6 bedrooms)
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#24. University Gardens

- Population: 4,182
- Median home value: $787,700 (76% own)
- Median rent: $1,665 (24% rent)
- Median household income: $116,711
- Top public schools: Stuyvesant High School (A+), Bronx High School of Science (A+), Townsend Harris High School (A+)

- Pictured: 10 Somerset Dr S, Great Neck ($3.8 million, 5 bedrooms)
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#23. Piermont

- Population: 2,540
- Median home value: $579,800 (67% own)
- Median rent: $2,000 (33% rent)
- Median household income: $124,716
- Top public schools: Tappan Zee High School (A+), Cottage Lane Elementary School (A-), South Orangetown Middle School (A-)

- Pictured: 502 Piermont Ave, Piermont ($1.2 million, 3 bedrooms)
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#22. Thomaston

- Population: 2,629
- Median home value: $837,800 (83% own)
- Median rent: $2,239 (17% rent)
- Median household income: $128,889
- Top public schools: Great Neck South High School (A+), Manhasset Secondary School (A+), Lakeville Elementary School (A+)

- Pictured: 2 Saint George Rd, Great Neck ($1.3 million, 3 bedrooms)
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#21. Bronxville

- Population: 6,409
- Median home value: $1,140,300 (81% own)
- Median rent: $2,773 (19% rent)
- Median household income: $181,286
- Top public schools: Bronxville High School (A+), Bronxville Elementary School (A+), Bronxville Middle School (A+)
- Top private schools: The Chapel School (A-)

- Pictured: 28 Sunnybrook Rd, Bronxville ($10.0 million, 7 bedrooms)
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#20. Ardsley

- Population: 4,512
- Median home value: $654,700 (81% own)
- Median rent: $1,655 (19% rent)
- Median household income: $160,880
- Top public schools: Ardsley High School (A+), Concord Road Elementary School (A+), Ardsley Middle School (A)
- Top private schools: Lyceum Kennedy International School - Ardsley Campus (unavailable)

- Pictured: 12 Chauncey Cir, Ardsley ($2.3 million, 5 bedrooms)
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#19. East Hills

- Population: 7,147
- Median home value: $1,055,300 (100% own)
- Median rent: $1,768 (0% rent)
- Median household income: $224,583
- Top public schools: Jericho Senior High School (A+), Roslyn High School (A+), Robert Seaman Elementary School (A+)

- Pictured: 27 Beechwood Rd, East Hills ($2.7 million, 6 bedrooms)
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#18. Plainview

- Population: 26,453
- Median home value: $594,000 (90% own)
- Median rent: $1,566 (10% rent)
- Median household income: $146,853
- Top public schools: Syosset Senior High School (A+), H.B. Thompson Middle School (A+), Walt Whitman Elementary School (A+)
- Top private schools: Hebrew Academy of Nassau County (HANC) Elementary School - Plainview (unavailable)

- Pictured: 979 Washington Ave, Plainview ($1.7 million, 6 bedrooms)
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#17. Chappaqua

- Population: 1,434
- Median home value: $696,600 (86% own)
- Median rent: $2,737 (14% rent)
- Median household income: $250,001
- Top public schools: Horace Greeley High School (A+), Douglas G. Grafflin School (A+), Seven Bridges Middle School (A+)

- Pictured: 577 Millwood Rd, Chappaqua ($6.5 million, 5 bedrooms)
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#16. Roslyn

- Population: 2,855
- Median home value: $450,000 (70% own)
- Median rent: $2,521 (30% rent)
- Median household income: $110,029
- Top public schools: Roslyn High School (A+), East Hills Elementary School (A+), Roslyn Middle School (A+)

- Pictured: 7 Oakridge Ln, Roslyn ($3.5 million, 7 bedrooms)
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#15. Herricks

- Population: 4,122
- Median home value: $653,500 (97% own)
- Median rent: $3,501 (3% rent)
- Median household income: $133,472
- Top public schools: Herricks High School (A+), Herricks Middle School (A+), Denton Avenue School (A+)

- Pictured: 115 Shelter Rock Rd, Manhasset Hills ($1.5 million, 4 bedrooms)
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#14. Manhattan

- Population: 1,631,993
- Median home value: $987,700 (24% own)
- Median rent: $1,740 (76% rent)
- Median household income: $86,553
- Top public schools: Stuyvesant High School (A+), Bronx High School of Science (A+), Townsend Harris High School (A+)
- Top private schools: Trinity School (A+), Regis High School (A+), Collegiate School (A+)

- Pictured: 162 E 64th St, New York ($50.0 million, 6 bedrooms)
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#13. Eggertsville

- Population: 15,721
- Median home value: $155,900 (74% own)
- Median rent: $885 (26% rent)
- Median household income: $72,652
- Top public schools: Smallwood Drive School (A), Amherst Middle School (A), Amherst Central High School (A)
- Top private schools: Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart (A), St. Benedict School (unavailable), Kadimah School of Buffalo (unavailable)

- Pictured: 47 Lebrun Cir, Amherst ($1.2 million, 4 bedrooms)
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#12. Great Neck Estates

- Population: 2,852
- Median home value: $1,357,100 (90% own)
- Median rent: $1,865 (10% rent)
- Median household income: $147,750
- Top public schools: Stuyvesant High School (A+), Bronx High School of Science (A+), Townsend Harris High School (A+)
- Top private schools: Silverstein Hebrew Academy (unavailable)

- Pictured: 105 Ash Dr, Great Neck ($3.5 million, 7 bedrooms)
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#11. Greenville

- Population: 7,814
- Median home value: $991,300 (96% own)
- Median rent: $1,396 (4% rent)
- Median household income: $237,436
- Top public schools: Ardsley High School (A+), Edgemont Junior/Senior High School (A+), Seely Place School (A+)

- Pictured: 155 Underhill Rd, Scarsdale ($6.0 million, 7 bedrooms)
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#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+), Great Neck North High School (A+), Manhasset Secondary School (A+)

- Pictured: 44 Nassau Dr, Great Neck ($4.0 million, 6 bedrooms)
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#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+), North Side School (A+), Willets Road School (A+)

- Pictured: 71 Bengeyfield Dr, East Williston ($2.2 million, 0 bedrooms)
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#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+), Maple East Elementary School (A+)
- Top private schools: Christian Central Academy (A), Ss. Peter & Paul Elementary School (unavailable), Mayfair Gardens Montessori (unavailable)

- Pictured: 85 Galileo Dr, Williamsville ($1.4 million, 6 bedrooms)
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#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+), Lakeville Elementary School (A+)

- Pictured: 115 Shelter Rock Rd, Manhasset Hills ($1.5 million, 4 bedrooms)
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#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+), H.B. Thompson Middle School (A+), Willits Elementary School (A+)
- Top private schools: Our Lady of Mercy Academy (A), St. Edward the Confessor School (unavailable), Greentrees Country Day School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 1 Waterford Way, Syosset ($3.4 million, 5 bedrooms)
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#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+), DeWitt Middle School (A), Northeast School (A)

- Pictured: 508 Highland Rd, Ithaca ($899,000, 5 bedrooms)
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#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)

- Pictured: 10 Ambassador Dr, Rochester ($995,000, 5 bedrooms)
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#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+), E.M. Baker School (A+)

- Pictured: 9 Brentwood Ln, Great Neck ($1.6 million, 4 bedrooms)
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#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+), Robert Seaman Elementary School (A+)

- Pictured: 508 Cedar Swamp Rd, Jericho ($4.2 million, 5 bedrooms)
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#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+), Lakeville Elementary School (A+), E.M. Baker School (A+)
- Top private schools: Long Island Hebrew Academy (unavailable)

- Pictured: 65A Beverly Rd, Great Neck ($1.6 million, 5 bedrooms)

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