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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Dryden is a town in New York with a population of 14,897. Dryden is in Tompkins County and is one of the best places to live in New York. Living in Dryden offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. In Dryden there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many young professionals live in Dryden and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Dryden are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$166,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$857
National
$949
Area Feel
Rural
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    32%
  • Own
    68%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    12%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    16%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    27%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    22%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%

Working in Dryden

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$62,852
National
$55,322
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Dryden Reviews

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I grew up in Dryden, and through Cornell and Ithaca College, I now have friends and connections all over the planet. It's a very homely place to grow up while still being well connected. The work environments are interesting: there are many small and start-up companies due to the colleges, but relatively few large businesses due to those same colleges. It also has a delicate balance between political conservatism and liberalism due to it's college-town reputation surrounded by rural upstate New York.
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Dryden is an okay little town. I went to the community college (TC3), worked nearby at a juvenile detention facility and lived there.
So, it isn't a "college town", there's one or two decent small town bars. As far as groceries, there is a local market with higher prices but okay selection.
Overall I found myself making the drive to either Cortland or Ithaca for errands since Dryden's main attraction is their McDonald's.

Now, I had a vehicle and had my own place so this was okay. A lot of my friends that lived in the TC3 dorms had to depend on bus rides or friends to get to the nearest Walmart, or had to hike down to the local market.

In general it is relatively quiet and uneventful place to live.
There's not much to say about the little town of McLean, the people here are friendly and active but usually people keep to themselves. The fire department is a very friendly institution though, having a fair every year and just keeping the area together through joy and safety.