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 418 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:
So what is the worst small town to call home in New York for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Whitehall is the worst small town to live in New York.
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 determined the worst small towns to live in New York for 2019
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data and the Census’s 2013-2017 American Community Survey, 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 1,000 and 5,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 418 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.
This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 17)
Median Home Value: $169,800 (226th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.9% (64th worst)
More on South Fallsburg: Data
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $77,200 (24th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 6.1% (191st worst)
More on Plattsburgh West: Data
Rank Last Year: 24 (Up 17)
Median Home Value: $160,300 (214th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.7% (35th worst)
More on Stottville: Data
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 6)
Median Home Value: $44,100 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 17.0% (6th worst)
More on Friendship: Data
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $85,400 (43rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.1% (112th worst)
More on Ontario: Data
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 8)
Median Home Value: $76,100 (20th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.4% (100th worst)
More on Wolcott: Data
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 5)
Median Home Value: $82,600 (35th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 17.3% (4th worst)
More on New Berlin: Data
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:
- Katonah (Pop. 2,091)
- Halesite (Pop. 2,770)
- Kensington (Pop. 1,131)
For more New York reading, check out:
- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In New York
- 10 Safest Places In New York According To Science
- 10 Best Cities For Singles In New York
- 10 Worst Places To Live In New York State
Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In New York
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