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We all know that the Empire State is one of most expensive states in the country, so trust us when we say that the cities on this list are mind-bogglingly pricey. But where are these extra-expensive cities in New York?
It should come as no shock that one of the most expensive cities in America, New York City, is featured on this list. Equally unsurprising is the inclusion of Long Island's bastions of "old money" on the North Shore, like Manorhaven and Glen Cove. In fact, most places on this list are within spitting distance of NYC. Hey, there's a high price tag on living near one of the most iconic cultural and commercial centers on the planet.
Before moving to any of these places, you'd be well advised to have a good job lined up, because to keep up with the Joneses in New York, you'll want to earn a minimum income of $21,541/year. When you're living next door to Michael Bloomberg, Rupert Murdoch, and 100 some-odd other billionaires, you'd better believe you need to make good money to stay in the neighborhood.
Get ready to drop the platinum card on Fifth Ave, make a killing on Wall Street, and put your name down for an apartment on Billionaires' Row, because we're heading to the most expensive places in New York.
What's the most expensive place to live in New York? Well, HomeSnacks crunched the numbers and discovered that Kaser is the most expensive place to live in New York.
So hopefully Ilion (the cheapest place to live in New York) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.
And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out some more reading about New York and the most expensive cities in the country:
The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In New York For 2021
The median income in Kaser comes in at $21,541 and the median home value is $1,080,900 for 2021.
The median income in Sleepy Hollow comes in at $68,125 and the median home value is $693,500 for 2021.
The median income in Kiryas Joel comes in at $31,277 and the median home value is $517,400 for 2021.
The median income in New Square comes in at $23,730 and the median home value is $493,300 for 2021.
The median income in New York comes in at $63,998 and the median home value is $606,000 for 2021.
The median income in Great Neck comes in at $100,766 and the median home value is $843,700 for 2021.
The median income in Manorhaven comes in at $86,484 and the median home value is $535,500 for 2021.
The median income in Nyack comes in at $66,413 and the median home value is $475,500 for 2021.
The median income in Glen Cove comes in at $80,702 and the median home value is $508,300 for 2021.
The median income in Harrison comes in at $123,030 and the median home value is $850,500 for 2021.
How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Empire State For 2021
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:
- How much do money do I make?
- How much do I have spend to live there?
You need to understand your costs in the context of how much money you make.
For example, if the median household earns $100,000 and spends $40,000 on housing it's actually cheaper to live there than a place with a median income of $50,000 and housing costs of $21,000. You might spend more on housing, but you have more money overall to play with.
With that example in mind, we derived several statistics from the latest Census American Community Survey 2015-2019 around incomes and costs. They are:
- Median Home Price / Median Income (lower is better)
- Median Income / Median Rent (Higher is better)
- Median Home Price
We added simply median home price because high home prices generally correlate with higher expenses for all costs related to homes (heating, electricity, etc).
You can then compare these metrics in each of the places in New York to figure out which is the most expensive.
What you are left with is a "Cost of Living Index" by taking the average rank of each of these metrics for each city.
So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 166 places in New York that have more than 5,000 people.
The place with the highest cost of living in New York according to the data is Kaser. You can download the data here.
Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck In New York For 2021
Well there you have it, the places in New York that have the highest cost of living, with Kaser ranking as the most expensive city in the Empire State.
Here's a look at the most affordable cities in New York according to the data:
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