These Are The 10 Most Miserable Cities In New York


We used science and data to determine which places in New York are the unhappiest of all.

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Do you live in one of the most miserable places in New York?

According to a Harris Poll taken in October of 2015, only a third of Americans say they are truly happy. That’s too bad, considering that Americans – especially folks in New York – don’t really have it too bad, in the grand scheme of things.

But, we were curious – which New York cities might be the most miserable? We’re about to find out, using science and data.

After analyzing the largest cities, we sadly present the most miserable cities in the Empire State:

  1. New York (Photos)
  2. Monticello (Photos)
  3. Hempstead (Photos)
  4. Newburgh (Photos)
  5. Poughkeepsie (Photos)
  6. Mount Vernon (Photos)
  7. Liberty (Photos)
  8. Beacon (Photos)
  9. Mechanicstown (Photos)
  10. Spring Valley (Photos)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably don’t live in one of these cities.

Oh, and by the way, Niskayuna is the happiest place in New York.

Or check out the Most Miserable Cities In America.

If you’re looking for something more positive, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

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How We Measured The Most Miserable Cities In New York

In order to rank the unhappiest places in New York, we had to determine what criteria makes people happy. It isn’t a stretch to assume that happy people earn great salaries, are relatively stress free, and have a stable home life.

So we went to the Census’s American Community Survey 2010-2014 report for the criteria, flipped the list, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Percentage of residents with a college degree
  • Average commute times
  • Unemployment rates
  • Cost of living
  • % of married couples
  • % of home owners
  • Poverty rate

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 108 places in New York with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 402 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the most miserable (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Miserable Index for each place with the lowest overall Miserable Index ‘earning’ the title ‘Most Miserable City In New York’.

If you’d like to see the complete list of states, most miserable to happiest, scroll to the bottom of this post to see the unabridged chart.

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1. New York

New York, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,354,889
People Who Own Their Home: 29.01%
Married Adults: 39.0%

2. Monticello

Monticello, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,780
People Who Own Their Home: 18.11%
Married Adults: 32.12%

3. Hempstead

Hempstead, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 54,801
People Who Own Their Home: 39.37%
Married Adults: 34.27%

4. Newburgh

Newburgh, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,614
People Who Own Their Home: 25.49%
Married Adults: 33.55%

5. Poughkeepsie

Poughkeepsie, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,716
People Who Own Their Home: 33.4%
Married Adults: 32.85%

6. Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 67,962
People Who Own Their Home: 34.69%
Married Adults: 35.3%

7. Liberty

Liberty, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,281
People Who Own Their Home: 28.53%
Married Adults: 36.33%

8. Beacon

Beacon, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,437
People Who Own Their Home: 47.41%
Married Adults: 37.43%

9. Mechanicstown

Mechanicstown, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,030
People Who Own Their Home: 41.26%
Married Adults: 39.53%

10. Spring Valley

Spring Valley, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,007
People Who Own Their Home: 26.41%
Married Adults: 45.83%

There You Have It

Like we said earlier, trying to determine the most miserable cities in {state} is usually a subjective matter. But if you’re analyzing cities where people are not stable, where you’re stuck in traffic, and no one spent the time to go to college, then this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the happiest cities in {state}, according to science:
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Detailed List Of Miserable Places In New York

City Rank People Who Own Their Home
New York 1 29.01%
Monticello 2 18.11%
Hempstead 3 39.37%
Newburgh 4 25.49%
Poughkeepsie 5 33.4%
Mount Vernon 6 34.69%
Liberty 7 28.53%
Beacon 8 47.41%
Mechanicstown 9 41.26%
Spring Valley 10 26.41%
Rochester 11 33.41%
Granville 12 46.44%
Syracuse 13 32.81%
Schenectady 14 37.23%
Riverside 15 63.24%
Middletown 16 45.52%
Inwood 17 44.04%
Manorhaven 18 33.56%
Peekskill 19 46.06%
Buffalo 20 34.7%
Whitehall 21 42.37%
Yonkers 22 43.48%
New Paltz 23 24.89%
Roosevelt 24 62.72%
Endicott 25 36.49%
Wyandanch 26 56.91%
Albion 27 50.46%
Phoenix 28 44.91%
Salamanca 29 45.86%
Gloversville 30 39.55%
Binghamton 31 39.15%
Troy 32 33.16%
Haverstraw 33 41.55%
Amsterdam 34 40.21%
Mastic Beach 35 60.94%
Cobleskill 36 36.8%
Hudson Falls 37 52.33%
Albany 38 32.11%
Pulaski 39 37.11%
Utica 40 40.82%
Kingston 41 39.32%
Port Jervis 42 42.94%
Boonville 43 50.16%
Mechanicville 44 30.53%
Ossining 45 43.19%
Arlington 46 29.24%
Walton 47 41.77%
Fulton 48 47.41%
Freeport 49 62.92%
Herkimer 50 39.31%
Ballston Spa 51 47.41%
Mount Ivy 52 58.74%
Elmira 53 42.04%
Hudson 54 28.65%
Rensselaer 55 39.28%
Riverhead 56 53.28%
Auburn 57 43.16%
Chester 58 65.92%
Lyons 59 53.46%
Palmyra 60 49.19%
Niagara Falls 61 45.54%
Lackawanna 62 49.56%
Jamestown 63 44.78%
Long Beach 64 48.77%
Oneonta 65 40.01%
Medina 66 49.68%
Port Chester 67 40.49%
Cohoes 68 37.92%
Glens Falls 69 45.45%
Camden 70 47.81%
Central Islip 71 59.42%
Uniondale 72 70.88%
North Bellport 73 53.21%
Perry 74 54.11%
Lincoln Park 75 42.33%
Sleepy Hollow 76 37.4%
Oswego 77 44.92%
Delhi 78 44.78%
Watertown 79 35.64%
Brentwood 80 65.87%
Carthage 81 49.25%
Hornell 82 48.27%
Massena 83 54.25%
Elmont 84 75.21%
Mount Kisco 85 50.86%
Ilion 86 53.57%
Walden 87 58.51%
Little Falls 88 44.79%
New Rochelle 89 46.96%
Johnstown 90 52.05%
Lockport 91 51.6%
Ontario 92 73.16%
Canton 93 40.08%
Port Jefferson Station 94 71.22%
Bay Shore 95 54.63%
Wappingers Falls 96 29.48%
Nyack 97 27.92%
Warsaw 98 46.89%
Norwich 99 43.26%
Groton 100 59.98%
Plattsburgh 101 34.52%
Lakeview 102 78.91%
South Lockport 103 61.41%
Frankfort 104 57.21%
Ticonderoga 105 58.45%
Patchogue 106 52.85%
South Valley Stream 107 77.15%
Huntington Station 108 66.69%
Dunkirk 109 53.6%
Geneva 110 46.52%
Tuckahoe 111 47.3%
Penn Yan 112 50.04%
Valley Stream 113 75.34%
Viola 114 55.57%
Ithaca 115 24.96%
Canandaigua 116 47.93%
New Cassel 117 53.1%
Corning 118 44.89%
Johnson City 119 46.88%
Waterford 120 45.0%
Bath 121 48.92%
North Amityville 122 55.44%
Cedarhurst 123 53.6%
Warrensburg 124 64.05%
Mahopac 125 66.06%
West Haverstraw 126 60.66%
Ogdensburg 127 57.24%
North Bay Shore 128 67.99%
North Lindenhurst 129 64.01%
Mattydale 130 61.2%
Saranac Lake 131 39.13%
Brockport 132 41.24%
Geneseo 133 33.79%
Yorkville 134 69.24%
Solvay 135 44.54%
Glen Cove 136 48.61%
Webster 137 36.89%
Newark 138 50.57%
Cortland 139 41.3%
White Plains 140 49.01%
New Windsor 141 64.63%
Olean 142 47.46%
Orangeburg 143 63.09%
Sidney 144 51.37%
East Rochester 145 59.09%
East Garden City 146 59.32%
Scotchtown 147 62.15%
Brookhaven 148 70.47%
Great Neck Plaza 149 43.03%
Batavia 150 48.16%
Mamaroneck 151 54.43%
Baldwin 152 75.65%
Coram 153 63.18%
Malone 154 51.58%
Copiague 155 66.49%
Homer 156 60.65%
Springs 157 41.39%
Monsey 158 37.63%
East Patchogue 159 60.01%
University At Buffalo 160 0.0%
Lynbrook 161 67.49%
North Gates 162 55.78%
Highland 163 52.0%
Lake Mohegan 164 69.45%
Seneca Falls 165 59.58%
Saratoga Springs 166 48.36%
North Valley Stream 167 84.29%
Hampton Bays 168 45.71%
Fredonia 169 52.16%
Rome 170 48.83%
Baldwin Harbor 171 84.36%
Warwick 172 63.38%
Harrison 173 61.04%
Tonawanda 174 66.69%
Amityville 175 57.72%
Mastic 176 74.83%
Caledonia 177 63.61%
Calverton 178 77.34%
Goshen 179 46.73%
Lancaster 180 65.28%
Suffern 181 64.12%
Baywood 182 78.08%
Rocky Point 183 76.56%
Carmel Hamlet 184 69.42%
New Square 185 15.39%
Croton-On-Hudson 186 73.12%
Waverly 187 51.02%
Great Neck 188 67.61%
North Tonawanda 189 63.09%
Morrisville 190 39.14%
West Glens Falls 191 73.13%
Gardnertown 192 81.76%
Lake Carmel 193 77.69%
Oneida 194 52.35%
Selden 195 74.87%
East Farmingdale 196 64.65%
North Syracuse 197 62.97%
Harriman 198 53.95%
Hartsdale 199 66.39%
Middle Island 200 71.83%
Greenlawn 201 76.32%
Shirley 202 76.08%
Lindenhurst 203 72.19%
New Hempstead 204 94.68%
Franklin Square 205 78.69%
Cheektowaga 206 64.81%
Valley Cottage 207 75.72%
Baldwinsville 208 56.99%
Nanuet 209 64.82%
West Hempstead 210 83.02%
Springville 211 59.68%
South Hill 212 63.33%
Westbury 213 72.64%
Akron 214 56.03%
Ronkonkoma 215 75.65%
Lansing 216 28.03%
West Babylon 217 73.9%
Waterloo 218 63.41%
Stony Point 219 79.11%
Dobbs Ferry 220 60.21%
Lima 221 62.7%
Wheatley Heights 222 76.21%
Mineola 223 62.3%
Medford 224 80.64%
Kiryas Joel 225 32.98%
Hamilton 226 49.35%
Bayport 227 60.4%
Roslyn Heights 228 84.5%
Rye Brook 229 75.25%
Hillcrest 230 85.77%
East Moriches 231 65.08%
Depew 232 69.06%
Farmingdale 233 62.07%
Brighton 234 52.51%
Garden City Park 235 79.28%
Lake Grove 236 77.11%
Manhasset 237 66.01%
Sound Beach 238 74.73%
Rotterdam 239 73.63%
Corinth 240 60.8%
Washingtonville 241 72.37%
Westfield 242 64.46%
Bohemia 243 74.51%
Orange Lake 244 77.35%
Port Washington 245 65.09%
Monroe 246 76.4%
Yaphank 247 88.25%
Albertson 248 92.19%
New Hyde Park 249 79.66%
Chestnut Ridge 250 80.36%
East Massapequa 251 77.27%
Carle Place 252 64.92%
South Huntington 253 80.41%
Williamsville 254 59.4%
Holtsville 255 79.03%
Hamlin 256 78.21%
Holbrook 257 75.23%
Southport 258 66.5%
Lakewood 259 53.64%
Thomaston 260 79.44%
North Babylon 261 77.94%
Glens Falls North 262 57.99%
East Rockaway 263 70.29%
Port Jefferson 264 68.49%
Pleasantville 265 72.34%
Babylon 266 72.19%
Fairmount 267 75.71%
Lake Ronkonkoma 268 72.19%
Kenmore 269 62.03%
East Meadow 270 83.53%
Westmere 271 52.61%
Oyster Bay 272 55.81%
Deer Park 273 80.67%
Pomona 274 93.0%
Scotia 275 59.51%
Eggertsville 276 72.19%
Rockville Centre 277 68.28%
Irondequoit 278 73.44%
Islip Terrace 279 82.13%
West Seneca 280 73.45%
West Point 281 1.56%
Southold 282 56.76%
Thiells 283 87.4%
Centereach 284 81.38%
Hastings-On-Hudson 285 66.97%
Wesley Hills 286 82.07%
Stony Brook University 287 93.18%
Horseheads 288 53.49%
Bronxville 289 72.37%
Farmingville 290 81.44%
Huntington 291 78.44%
Nesconset 292 80.78%
Williamson 293 68.25%
Avon 294 63.15%
North Patchogue 295 85.47%
Terryville 296 72.79%
Ridge 297 73.64%
Fort Salonga 298 86.19%
Northport 299 67.45%
Hicksville 300 81.08%
Williston Park 301 74.53%
Islip 302 78.69%
Montgomery 303 62.96%
Woodbury 304 79.76%
Pelham 305 66.0%
Hewlett 306 75.4%
North Bellmore 307 87.51%
Larchmont 308 69.11%
Fairport 309 68.44%
Scottsville 310 66.42%
Malverne 311 90.8%
East Islip 312 83.91%
Tonawanda 313 69.61%
Kings Park 314 79.66%
Bayville 315 75.57%
Blauvelt 316 92.16%
Woodmere 317 84.36%
Salisbury 318 87.92%
Hilton 319 61.08%
Pearl River 320 76.94%
Montrose 321 81.14%
Lewiston 322 69.89%
East Northport 323 81.85%
Floral Park 324 76.87%
Congers 325 81.4%
Smithtown 326 85.0%
Sayville 327 78.31%
Oakdale 328 77.58%
East Aurora 329 64.17%
Hawthorne 330 85.26%
Manorville 331 79.89%
Endwell 332 66.13%
Greece 333 70.77%
Bethpage 334 86.16%
Rye 335 70.05%
Fayetteville 336 64.33%
Colonie 337 72.73%
Massapequa Park 338 94.99%
Oceanside 339 83.43%
Sea Cliff 340 72.84%
Centerport 341 86.41%
Kings Point 342 83.77%
East Glenville 343 72.28%
North New Hyde Park 344 92.13%
Briarcliff Manor 345 79.88%
Jefferson Valley-Yorktown 346 85.76%
Levittown 347 88.22%
Center Moriches 348 73.31%
New City 349 86.88%
Merrick 350 91.14%
Airmont 351 72.56%
Commack 352 89.55%
Dix Hills 353 89.63%
Lakeland 354 85.53%
Myers Corner 355 92.43%
Irvington 356 71.8%
Old Bethpage 357 88.11%
Elwood 358 91.95%
Hamburg 359 69.15%
Eden 360 81.6%
Miller Place 361 89.83%
Jericho 362 80.11%
Seaford 363 86.01%
Chittenango 364 69.78%
Mount Sinai 365 93.05%
Stony Brook 366 87.94%
North Massapequa 367 91.32%
Melville 368 83.97%
Woodbury 369 83.48%
Bellmore 370 88.57%
Lawrence 371 72.08%
South Farmingdale 372 87.52%
Massapequa 373 89.63%
Scarsdale 374 84.86%
Brookville 375 86.56%
Garden City 376 90.36%
East Hills 377 98.3%
Clarence 378 70.9%
Syosset 379 89.65%
Hauppauge 380 81.18%
Montebello 381 80.54%
East Shoreham 382 91.03%
West Islip 383 91.53%
Eastchester 384 77.67%
Big Flats 385 77.19%
Wading River 386 83.36%
Plainedge 387 88.75%
Pelham Manor 388 86.6%
Wantagh 389 92.36%
Bedford 390 80.51%
Plainview 391 91.89%
Cold Spring Harbor 392 89.6%
North Merrick 393 89.44%
West Hills 394 86.43%
Tappan 395 91.19%
North Hills 396 80.88%
North Wantagh 397 91.86%
Setauket-East Setauket 398 87.99%
Harris Hill 399 79.02%
Melrose Park 400 89.18%
Westvale 401 93.31%
Niskayuna 402 92.86%

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3 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Miserable Cities In New York

  1. Your criteria for happiness are ridiculous- this article is kind of total nonsense.
    Tell us where we should go? Disneyland?

    Science and data ? Did you talk to anybody? Like the people of Beacon who are apparently pretty miserable?
    Maybe you’re just miserable because because you can’t think of anything good to write about. Stop projecting your shit on everyone – this article is trash.

  2. Haverstraw, is low on this list but should be a great place given its special location and history of its post office and brick industry. It always was grear and will show its greatness.. There is only 1 rather simple issue in Haverstraw and the addresses are between 101 RIverside Avenue (CRH Oldcastle longstanding criminal associations), a real estate developer who does not pay his part of the village’s debt properly and heading north to village hall that has an odd out of place debt that for years has prevented it from being part of the Town of Haverstraw.

  3. Your criteria puts university towns and cities at a serious disadvantage for ranking.
    NOT miserable places.

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