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Best Places to Live in New York in 2020-21

From the Adirondack Mountains to the nonstop activity of New York City, New York state’s economy is led by financial services, health care, professional services, retail trade, manufacturing and education. Check out the best places to live in New York.

For more information on how we rank, read the Best Places to Live methodology.

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Albany, NY

badge #1 in Best Places to Live in New York

Located about 150 miles north of New York City on the west bank of the Hudson River, Albany serves as the capital of New York state a… more

  • 6.7 Overall Score
  • 7.1 Quality of Life
  • 7.2 Value

Rochester, NY

badge #2 in Best Places to Live in New York

Rochester, New York, features a unique blend of history and innovation. Many of the homes and commercial buildings in downtown Roches… more

  • 6.6 Overall Score
  • 7.3 Quality of Life
  • 7.0 Value

Buffalo, NY

badge #3 in Best Places to Live in New York

In the early 1900s, Buffalo was a beacon of industry; located on Lake Erie, Buffalo was a hub of transport for goods between the East… more

  • 6.5 Overall Score
  • 6.7 Quality of Life
  • 7.8 Value

Syracuse, NY

badge #4 in Best Places to Live in New York

When you hear about Syracuse, New York, it's often as the punchline of a weather-related joke. Snow is certainly a part of the centra… more

  • 6.5 Overall Score
  • 6.8 Quality of Life
  • 7.6 Value

New York City, NY

badge #5 in Best Places to Live in New York

New York City is a place written about in songs, it has served as the backdrop for countless movies and it's inspired people worldwid… more

  • 6.2 Overall Score
  • 6.3 Quality of Life
  • 3.7 Value