2017 Best Places to Live in New York City Metro

Explore the best places to live in the U.S. based on crime, public schools, cost of living, job opportunities, and local amenities. Ranking based on data from the U.S. Census, FBI, BLS, CDC, and other sources.

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    Short Hills

    • Suburb in New Jersey
    • 25 reviews
    Current Resident:I like feeling safe here. You can walk out in the middle of the night without any fear of being attacked or watched. I sometimes don't like the people that these million dollar homes attract. There are many snobs, especially at school. However, if you want a great high school education and a family-friendly place, this is a great place.
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    Kensington

    • Suburb of New York City, NY
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    Battery Park City

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 6 reviews
    Current Resident:The parks, the activities, the views , the schools, the convenience, and now the stores and restaurants are all reasons to love BPC. Every neighborhood in NYC may have downsides - you give up something - parks for restaurants or schools for convenience - not in BPC. Love it here!
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    Heathcote

    • Suburb in New Jersey
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    Syosset

    • Suburb of New York City, NY
    • 41 reviews
    Current Resident:Syosset is an affluent town with an excellent school system. Our graduation rate is 99%. We have a language introduction program of 5 languages including Chinese starting in kindergarten. Our educators are always striving for the success of the students by mentoring after school clubs that cultivate our academic and social skills.
    Our town consistently tries to embrace diversity. We have added multicultural holidays to the school calendar, employed ESL teachers, and encouraged acceptance within the community.
    As a town we are located near beaches, parks and shopping.
    The residents enjoy many activities at these venues sponsored by our town.
    Syosset is about a 40 minute train ride into NYC. This allows easy access to a great city with an abundance of employment opportunities.
    This town is an ideal place for families. I enjoyed growing up here.
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    Greenville

    • Suburb of New York City, NY
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    Ardsley

    • Suburb of New York City, NY
    • 19 reviews
    Current Resident:I have been living here for 19 years bringing up 2 children. It's a great community to live for families. It is small and quaint with one elementary school, one Middle School and one High School. Every one looks out for each other. In 5th grade the middle school kids walk to town and we as parents do not worry.
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    New Canaan

    • Suburb in Connecticut
    • 20 reviews
    Current Resident:New Canaan is a picturesque small town with so many great community events, excellent public schools, convenient proximity to New York City, and awesome (if expensive) shopping. It definitely represents a suburban ideal. With that being said, it has almost no diversity and there is a lot of pressure to "fit in". To some, that aspect is motivating, but to others it can be quite stifling.
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    Old Greenwich

    • Suburb in Connecticut
    • 3 reviews
    Current Resident:Very friendly town! very diverse. There's never problems around here. It is always peaceful and quiet. Especially the beach, Todds point, is is clean and awesome! I should totally recommend you to visit this amazing town!
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    Jericho

    • Suburb of New York City, NY
    • 24 reviews
    Current Resident:Jericho is a diverse community that is proud of their school district and their students. Due to our standings we have many looking to buy and rent houses in our town. It's close to public transportation, and shopping.
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    Bronxville

    • Suburb of New York City, NY
    • 18 reviews
    Current Resident:Bronxville is the perfect niche for college students or college graduates looking for a warm, cozy and quiet place to lay their heads. Look no further than the metro north down the street to get you the livest city in the world in less than 30 minutes. Now, let's talk about the foodies this place is boasting with awesome small eateries that will be sure satisfy your palate from italian to mexican you name it. If you are looking to a grab a cold beer, listen to some tunes and just chill for the night without the train ride to the city head over to Maggie Spillanes Pub. This place has great bar food and a great atmosphere, not to mention during the summer they have an awesome open rooftop so the party can continue. Bronxville is the best of both worlds, the truth is this little Lower Westchester County village packs a punch!
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    Ridgewood

    • Suburb in New Jersey
    • 18 reviews
    Works Here:Ridgewood is a great town for young adults to raise their children. Ridgewood is a very tight knit community where everyone helps out and knows one another. The center of town has a good amount of shops and top rated restaurants in the county which attracts a very positive ribe throughout the town. Ridgewood residents are great supporters of the local businesses. Also, young children used the center of town as a safe haven to meet up with friends. They utilize the shops, restaurants, and movie theater; everything is within walking distance! Ridgewood has a fantastic school system that challenges students and allows for high college acceptance rates. The faulty is outstanding and does not leave anyone behind. Ridgewood's school system also offers a wide variety of afterschool activities for the children, including camps at the town pool! Overall Ridgewood is an outstanding town and a wonderful community for families to grow.
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    Weston

    • Suburb in Connecticut
    • 7 reviews
    Current Resident:I like the fact that it's pretty small and you get to know a lot of the people well. There isn't a whole lot to do in Weston itself, but it's about 10 minutes from Westport, which has a lot of stores, 20 minutes to the beach, and an hour train ride to New York. It's also very safe: I've never heard of anyone having anything stolen or anything particularly crime-related occur. The public schools are very good and a lot of money goes into them. It's a big reason why people choose to live in Weston. If you do not have kids in the school system, it's harder to meet people, and may not be the best place for you to live. For the most part, people are friendly and it's nice to see your neighbors or people you know around town. I had a good experience in Weston, especially with the school system. It's very competitive and is probably more difficult than most schools in the US, but if you're looking for a quality education, Weston would be a very good choice.
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    Pelham Manor

    • Suburb of New York City, NY
    • 4 reviews
    Niche User:It is a closely knit community where there is always a ton of support around any cause.
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    Rye

    • Suburb of New York City, NY
    • 30 reviews
    Current Resident:Nice family friendly community with great schools. Easy commute to New York City. Great downtown. Fun beaches.
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    Chatham

    • Suburb in New Jersey
    • 15 reviews
    Current Resident:It was rated one of the best town in America. It has everything in a beautiful wooded suburb. Quick access to anywhere. Highway takes you to the airport in 20 minutes, great school system and great restaurants and food with in a 5 mile radius. Top shopping at the Short Hill Mall 2 miles away.
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    Upper Montclair

    • Suburb in New Jersey
    • 27 reviews
    Niche User:Growing up here was amazing. I couldn't ask for a better down or area to live in as a elementary school student to a current senior in high school. Great sense of town pride and school spirit!
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    Tenafly

    • Suburb in New Jersey
    • 14 reviews
    Current Resident:Very safe area, good for raising a family, excellent public schools, but also incredibly boring. There are also a ton of nail salons in town.
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    Brookville

    • Suburb of New York City, NY
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    Chelsea

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 55 reviews
    Current Resident:I have moved here, to Chelsea from Western Massachusetts to attend college and I absolutely love this neighborhood! It is kept very clean, is consistently overseen by police officers in the nearby station, and very family-friendly. There are lots of food variety options; everything from your guilty fast food pleasures to organic & vegan choices as well. The streets are very easy to navigate and if you are unsure, there are always residents who are willing to help & answer any questions! It is a bustling, fast-moving community and a great choice for anyone with the similar lifestyle!
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    Kips Bay

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 8 reviews
    Niche User:It's very diverse, there are a bunch of things to do.
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    University Gardens

    • Suburb of New York City, NY
    • 11 reviews
    Parent:It's great for families. The schools and services are really great and there are many restaurants, shops and playgrounds. It's location is ideal for NYC commuters and it's close to beaches.
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    Financial District

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 19 reviews
    Niche User:I love living in the Financial District. I always have access to any part of the city. Almost every subway line stops through Fulton Station. The area is super safe, and I have never felt threatened coming home. There are three grocery stores walking distance, and many give student discounts. It's a younger crowd living in this area because Pace University is right here.
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    Great Neck Estates

    • Suburb of New York City, NY
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    Murray Hill

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 9 reviews
    Current Resident:Murray Hill neighborhood is filled with people from different cultures, businesses, and living complexes. There's always something to do or somewhere to go such as the grocery store, pizza store, newspaper stand, restaurants, clothing boutique, pharmacy, movie theater, and libraries. Murray Hill feels safe because there’s a sense of community, closure, and security. The mixture of locals, commuters, and tourists enhances the diversity in the neighborhood. The neighborhood is often quiet, but once it hits rush hour during the afternoon and at nighttime, that’s when the streets become the busiest. From all 5 boroughs, I’m glad I chose to live in such a welcoming place.
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