2017 Best Suburbs to Live in New York

Explore the best suburbs 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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    Kensington

    • Suburb of New York City, NY
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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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    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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    Brighton

    • Suburb of Rochester, NY
    • 56 reviews
    Former Resident:From a high schoolers perspective, Brighton is a fine town. There are plenty of job opportunities, most places are within walking distance, and the public school system is nationally ranked for are reason. There isn't much of a nightlife, so you either have to make your own fun or go to the city, which isn't such are hassle since Brighton is just south of Rochester. Though you pay quite a bit on property taxes, Brighton is a town where you get what you pay for. It's a safe place to live and the schools prepared me for college well. There areally parks nearby, but I'd like to see more than the two notables: Corbett's Glen and Brighton town park. Also there are 2 Wegmans nearby so it doesn't matter which side of town you live on.
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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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    Brookville

    • Suburb of New York City, NY
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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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    Great Neck Estates

    • Suburb of New York City, NY
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    Stony Brook

    • Suburb of New York City, NY
    • 11 reviews
    Nearby Resident:Stony Brook is home to Stony Brook University and Hospital. This institution feels like the heart of the town, with Stony Brook Village and shopping centers nearby. There is a railroad station on campus. My experience has been that owning a car is the best way to get around town and near-by places.
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    Briarcliff Manor

    • Suburb of New York City, NY
    • 13 reviews
    Works Here:I worked in Briarcliff Manor briefly, but always felt safe. It is a pretty well-to-do community since it is near NYC. The people were nice. Unfortunately, I do not know much about the school system or the businesses. The historical society is extremely proud of Briarcliff's history, which is wonderful to see.
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    Scarsdale

    • Suburb of New York City, NY
    • 5 reviews
    Visitor:Scarsdale is very quaint, high end, and safe to live. It is close to the train (to NYC) and there are many little shops to keep you busy. However, it is very expensive, the taxes are through the roof, and some of the people there are snobby. Neighborhood is safe though and schools are great.
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    Irvington

    • Suburb of New York City, NY
    • 1 review
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    Chappaqua

    • Suburb of New York City, NY
    • 14 reviews
    Niche User:It's nice and peaceful absolutely no crimes other teenagers running around
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    Garden City

    • Suburb of New York City, NY
    • 36 reviews
    Current Resident:Garden City provided me with amazing opportunities as I grew. From the great public schools to amazing athletics, 99% of students graduate high school on time.
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    Hastings-on-Hudson

    • Suburb of New York City, NY
    • 7 reviews
    Current Resident:Hastings on Hudson is a beautiful but old town. It is right off the Hudson River with nice views, it is quiet, and it is small. The neighborhood houses a lot of "artsy" people who are music producers, movie producers, artists, and those in the medical field. However, no one drives fancy cars. These very laid-back people drive cars like Subaru's and live modest lives. The schools are blue ribbon and there is only 1% crime in Hastings. What I do not like about Hastings is that it looks a bit dirty sometimes. The sidewalks are not repaired, the store fronts are old, and nothing is upgraded (not even the cell phone service). However, it is very safe and I recommend Hastings to raise families.
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    Lake Success

    • Suburb of New York City, NY
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    Lloyd Harbor

    • Suburb of New York City, NY
    • 5 reviews
    Niche User:There is no crime in this town. The cops are very responsive, and every home is well equipped with alarm systems.
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    Searingtown

    • Suburb of New York City, NY
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    Bellerose

    • Suburb of New York City, NY
    • 2 reviews
    Niche User:Crime is low to nonexistent here. The worst offenses are driving offenses.
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    Croton-on-Hudson

    • Suburb of New York City, NY
    • 7 reviews
    Niche User:This community gives you a sense of family. I would love to come back and not only enjoy the outdoor activities that it offers but the friendly people as well.
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    Flower Hill

    • Suburb of New York City, NY
    • 3 reviews
    Niche User:I appreciate the fact that I got the chance to live in this area my entire life. I was lucky enough to be enlisted in a public school that offers kids an equal top-notch education (one of the top schools in the state of NY). Many other areas do not have such a privilege, so parents lean more towards private schools. In addition, there is always something to do. I am almost never bored. Likewise, the area that I live in is a simple train ride away from New York City. The only thing that I wish my area had more is diversity. That would be nice to see! I would probably live here again if I had to start all over.
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