Most Americans have never been to New York. However, as the people who live there know, New York is an awesome state.
But is it all roses? Definitely not. Just like any other state, New York has its trouble spots. This article aims to determine, using science, the absolute worst small towns to live in the Empire State. Don’t shoot the messenger, this is all using data.
After analyzing more than 328 of New York’s smallest cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst small towns in New York where you’d never want to live:
- St. Regis Falls
- Lyon Mountain
- Sand Ridge
- Red Creek
- Smithville Flats
- East Randolph
Of course, many of these cities would rank highly if they were in other states, since New York has its stuff figured out.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers, or scroll to the bottom to see how your town ranked.
How do you decide if a place is lousy or not?
In order to rank the worst small towns to live in New York, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, things to do and a stable economy.
So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.
How we crunched the numbers
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:
- Population Density (The lower the worse)
- Highest Unemployment Rates
- Low housing costs (meaning there’s no demand)
- Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
- Education (Number of high school dropouts)
- High Crime
We looked at cities with populations between 100 and 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 328 to be exact.
Additional note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. Dropout numbers are based on the adult population, not just the current graduation rates of teenagers.
1. St. Regis Falls
Population: 398 Median Income: $36,667
Median Home Value: $44,600
2. Lyon Mountain
Population: 323 Median Income: $28,839
Median Home Value: $48,000
3. Sand Ridge
Population: 642 Median Income: $37,614
Median Home Value: $74,800
Population: 702 Median Income: $33,333
Median Home Value: $80,500
Population: 684 Median Income: $37,917
Median Home Value: $83,400
Population: 324 Median Income: $50,495
Median Home Value: $53,000
7. Red Creek
Population: 661 Median Income: $33,359
Median Home Value: $71,500
8. Smithville Flats
Population: 460 Median Income: $36,188
Median Home Value: $86,300
9. East Randolph
Population: 561 Median Income: $24,531
Median Home Value: $77,500
Population: 335 Median Income: $31,750
Median Home Value: $63,300
There You Have It – The Worst Small Towns In New York
If you’re analyzing teeny places in the Empire State with the worst economic situations, where there’s high crime and there’s not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the best small towns to live in New York, according to science.
- Best: Grand View-on-Hudson
- 2nd Best: Hewlett Neck
- 3rd Best: Woodsburgh
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