Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is New York a good place?
The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in New York.
Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Empire State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.
So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best part of New York, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 62 counties in the state.
After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Empire State for 2022.
Saratoga County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in New York. And you might want to avoid Franklin County if you can — at least according to the data.
So if you’re thinking of making the move New York, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.
The Best Counties To Live In New York For 2022
Biggest Place: Saratoga Springs
Biggest Place: Hempstead
Biggest Place: Mahopac
Biggest Place: Geneva
Biggest Place: Glens Falls
Biggest Place: Batavia
Biggest Place: Albany
Biggest Place: Brentwood
Biggest Place: Troy
10. Madison County
Biggest Place: Oneida
Methodology: How do you determine which New York county is the best?
To give you the best county in New York, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a “best county” and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.
We paid particular attention to:
- Violent Crime Rates
- Property Crime Rates
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Unemployment Rates
- Adult Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty Rates
We then ranked each county in New York across each of the criteria from one to 62, with one being the best.
Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the “Best County To Live In New York”.
The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Empire State.
Read on to see why Saratoga County is the best county, while Franklin County is probably in contention for being the worst county in New York.
Summary: The Best Counties In New York To Call Home For 2018
It turns out living in New York can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?
But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.
Here’s a look at the worst counties in New York according to the data:
- Franklin County
- St. Lawrence County
- Orleans County
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- Best Places To Buy A House In New York