One of the best parts of living in New York State is the variety. If you want to live city life, you've got New York City and quite a few other medium-sized cities to choose from. On the other hand, if you want to live in the country, there are plenty of rural areas. If the suburbs are your thing, NY has those too.
Liveability puts together an annual list of its choices for the Top 100 Best Places to Live in America. In the Northeast region, four New York cities landed on the list.
The list is based on more than 50 data points and examines 2,300 cities to narrow down the very best places to live across the country. Here, we’re highlighting the top 25 best places to live in the Northeast based on our research. Each city has something special to offer — read on to find out what.
Some of the cities outside of New York that made the list include Pittsburgh, PA, Nashua, NH, and Portland, ME. I've actually been to Portland. It really did seem like a nice place to live.
These 4 New York Cities Are Among The Best Places To Live In Northeast
Ithaca is in Tompkins County, which is in the Finger Lakes Region of New York. It is located at the southern shore of Cayuga Lake. Cornell University is situated in Ithaca. Livability says,
Surrounded by trees and water, there are 150 cascades in and around the city, including Ithaca Falls on the edge of downtown spanning 175 feet in width and 150 feet in height. All these attributes make Ithaca one of the best places to live in the Northeast.
Saratoga Springs, NY
Saratoga Springs is located directly north of Albany, in Saratoga County. The city is home to just under 30,000 New Yorkers and the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Livability says,
The city is known for its Victorian architecture and a charming downtown area filled with unique shops, restaurants, and galleries. Planning your next vacation? Saratoga Springs’ natural mineral springs have been a draw for tourists since the late 1800s and have helped turn the city into a resort destination. The springs are said to have healing properties and can be found at various locations throughout the city.
Albany is the Capital of New York State, located in Albany County. It sits on the west bank of the Hudson River and has a population of just under 100,000. Livability says,
The city is conveniently located just three hours from both New York City and Boston and has long been known as a hub for art, culture and history (the city is more than 400 years old!). Albany is also one of the more affordable cities in the Northeast, making it an attractive option for those just starting their careers.
As a resident of Buffalo, I'm happy to see my city on the list. So man times, Buffalo ends up on the bad lists. Buffalo is a great city to live with amazing food, history, culture, architecture, and of course, sports. Home of the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo is located in Western New York. We are a short drive from Niagara Falls and Souther Ontario, Canada. We are not too far from Toronto also. Buffalo sits on one of the Great Lakes, Lake Erie. Livability says,
Does being the birthplace of the Buffalo wing make Buffalo, NY, one of the best places to live in the Northeast? While some sports fans may say yes, Buffalo natives know it’s the high quality of life, cultural amenities, outdoor recreation and vibrant culinary scene that really set the city apart. Located right on the United States-Canada border, Buffalo has long been an access point for anyone looking to visit our friendly neighbors to the north or experience the awe-inspiring majesty of Niagara Falls.