These Are The 10 Happiest Places In New York

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There’s a search that we are all on that dwarfs our job or career search — the search for happiness.

And as we all know, where we live and the job we have can all play a big part in our overall sense of contentment and happiness. For that reason, we took a dive into a the most recent census data to help you identify which places in New York have the biggest smile of them all.

On our happy data journey, we settled on seven criteria to help determine which New York places are the happiest. The criteria include things like having insurance, owning a home, and having a job.

As it turns out, life is all rainbows and butterflies in Niskayuna, the happiest place in New York.

Don’t start feeling sad, there’s plenty of happy to go around as life is still pretty sweet in the following “Happiest Places in the Empire State”:

  1. Niskayuna
  2. Westvale
  3. Harris Hill
  4. Setauket-East Setauket
  5. North Wantagh
  6. North Hills
  7. Tappan
  8. West Hills
  9. North Merrick
  10. Cold Spring Harbor
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There’s Nothing We’d Rather Do Than Measure Happiness In The Empire State

There’s a bunch of different studies out there that try to measure what makes people truly happy. And while we all know that money doesn’t buy happiness, it definitely removes anxieties and helps keep you healthy. It’s just that anything past about $70,000 a year doesn’t help as much.

So what else besides money contributes to your happiness? Well we think the following certainly do:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Having a job (As measured by the unemployment rate)
  • A short commute to work (God do people hate traffic)
  • Low cost of living
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)
  • Owning a home (That’s a big plus)
  • And the poverty rate (Money definitely helps out)

That’s a ton of fun — and happiness — for the whole family, backed by science. The data all comes from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey.

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 341 places in New York with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 341 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the happiest (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Happiness Index for each place with the lowest overall Index being crowned “Happiest Place In New York”.

Read on for more happy information about the top ten or skip to the end to see a list of how every places in New York ranked. Our apologies to Plainview which ranked 11th overall and just missed the list.

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1. Niskayuna


Population: 5,129 People Who Own Their Home: 92.9%
Married Adults: 64.4%

2. Westvale


Population: 5,111 People Who Own Their Home: 93.3%
Married Adults: 57.5%

3. Harris Hill


Population: 5,380 People Who Own Their Home: 79.0%
Married Adults: 52.7%

4. Setauket-East Setauket


Population: 14,293 People Who Own Their Home: 88.0%
Married Adults: 63.4%

5. North Wantagh


Population: 11,773 People Who Own Their Home: 91.9%
Married Adults: 59.5%

6. North Hills

North Hills, New York

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Population: 5,122People Who Own Their Home: 80.9%
Married Adults: 66.9%

7. Tappan


Population: 7,071 People Who Own Their Home: 91.2%
Married Adults: 63.0%

8. West Hills


Population: 5,124 People Who Own Their Home: 86.4%
Married Adults: 67.0%

9. North Merrick


Population: 11,772 People Who Own Their Home: 89.4%
Married Adults: 58.1%

10. Cold Spring Harbor


Population: 5,041 People Who Own Their Home: 89.6%
Married Adults: 62.2%

Detailed List Of Happiest Places In New York

City Rank Population People Who Own Their Home Married Adults
Niskayuna 1 5,129 92.9% 64.4%
Westvale 2 5,111 93.3% 57.5%
Harris Hill 3 5,380 79.0% 52.7%
Setauket-East Setauket 4 14,293 88.0% 63.4%
North Wantagh 5 11,773 91.9% 59.5%
North Hills 6 5,122 80.9% 66.9%
Tappan 7 7,071 91.2% 63.0%
West Hills 8 5,124 86.4% 67.0%
North Merrick 9 11,772 89.4% 58.1%
Cold Spring Harbor 10 5,041 89.6% 62.2%
Plainview 11 26,206 91.9% 65.6%
Wantagh 12 19,074 92.4% 60.9%
Pelham Manor 13 5,539 86.6% 58.8%
Plainedge 14 9,234 88.7% 55.9%
Wading River 15 7,694 83.4% 63.9%
Big Flats 16 5,247 77.2% 60.3%
Eastchester 17 19,800 77.7% 57.7%
West Islip 18 27,545 91.5% 57.8%
East Shoreham 19 6,636 91.0% 63.6%
Hauppauge 20 20,617 81.2% 57.5%
Syosset 21 18,872 89.7% 64.5%
East Hills 22 7,025 98.3% 72.2%
Garden City 23 22,543 90.4% 60.6%
Scarsdale 24 17,471 84.9% 73.0%
Massapequa 25 22,323 89.6% 57.7%
South Farmingdale 26 14,576 87.5% 58.6%
Lawrence 27 6,511 72.1% 67.2%
Bellmore 28 16,260 88.6% 60.6%
Woodbury 29 8,553 83.5% 59.0%
Melville 30 19,228 84.0% 60.2%
North Massapequa 31 18,970 91.3% 57.2%
Stony Brook 32 13,936 87.9% 62.6%
Mount Sinai 33 12,620 93.1% 65.6%
Chittenango 34 5,052 69.8% 55.0%
Seaford 35 15,405 86.0% 56.7%
Jericho 36 13,445 80.1% 63.0%
Miller Place 37 11,783 89.8% 58.8%
Hamburg 38 9,482 69.2% 51.6%
Elwood 39 10,833 92.0% 62.2%
Old Bethpage 40 5,501 88.1% 63.6%
Irvington 41 6,506 71.8% 66.1%
Myers Corner 42 6,927 92.4% 64.3%
Dix Hills 43 26,969 89.6% 61.2%
Commack 44 35,487 89.5% 61.5%
Airmont 45 8,770 72.6% 56.0%
Merrick 46 21,293 91.1% 61.0%
New City 47 33,874 86.9% 62.9%
Center Moriches 48 8,363 73.3% 62.8%
Levittown 49 52,485 88.2% 55.3%
Jefferson Valley-Yorktown 50 14,682 85.8% 59.7%
Briarcliff Manor 51 7,783 79.9% 58.6%
North New Hyde Park 52 15,230 92.1% 62.7%
East Glenville 53 6,772 72.3% 54.7%
Kings Point 54 5,076 83.8% 63.0%
Centerport 55 5,717 86.4% 61.0%
Sea Cliff 56 5,012 72.8% 55.6%
Oceanside 57 30,329 83.4% 57.4%
Massapequa Park 58 17,137 95.0% 60.0%
Colonie 59 7,869 72.7% 48.8%
Rye 60 15,892 70.1% 66.8%
Bethpage 61 16,337 86.2% 57.2%
Greece 62 14,482 70.8% 50.3%
Endwell 63 11,315 66.1% 51.4%
Manorville 64 14,169 79.9% 54.9%
East Aurora 65 6,255 64.2% 54.5%
Oakdale 66 7,551 77.6% 57.0%
Sayville 67 16,311 78.3% 55.5%
Smithtown 68 26,408 85.0% 56.8%
Congers 69 8,496 81.4% 56.7%
Floral Park 70 16,190 76.9% 58.0%
East Northport 71 19,708 81.8% 57.6%
Pearl River 72 15,901 76.9% 58.3%
Hilton 73 5,954 61.1% 54.3%
Salisbury 74 12,154 87.9% 57.3%
Woodmere 75 17,067 84.4% 60.0%
Blauvelt 76 5,868 92.2% 58.9%
Bayville 77 6,724 75.6% 54.9%
Kings Park 78 17,694 79.7% 56.7%
Tonawanda 79 58,204 69.6% 48.4%
East Islip 80 13,989 83.9% 54.8%
Malverne 81 8,544 90.8% 54.2%
Fairport 82 5,364 68.4% 58.2%
Larchmont 83 5,952 69.1% 70.9%
North Bellmore 84 20,483 87.5% 57.6%
Hewlett 85 6,481 75.4% 62.5%
Pelham 86 6,984 66.0% 54.4%
Woodbury 87 10,638 79.8% 61.7%
Islip 88 18,229 78.7% 51.7%
Williston Park 89 7,319 74.5% 54.9%
Hicksville 90 41,784 81.1% 56.5%
Northport 91 7,417 67.5% 60.7%
Fort Salonga 92 9,895 86.2% 61.6%
Ridge 93 12,921 73.6% 53.2%
Terryville 94 11,686 72.8% 57.0%
North Patchogue 95 6,735 85.5% 52.4%
Nesconset 96 14,080 80.8% 56.1%
Huntington 97 18,378 78.4% 56.2%
Farmingville 98 16,097 81.4% 56.3%
Bronxville 99 6,378 72.4% 61.6%
Horseheads 100 6,593 53.5% 51.5%
Stony Brook University 101 8,997 93.2% 3.0%
Wesley Hills 102 5,779 82.1% 63.6%
Hastings-on-Hudson 103 7,905 67.0% 58.8%
Centereach 104 32,270 81.4% 51.0%
Thiells 105 5,295 87.4% 53.1%
Southold 106 6,323 56.8% 68.3%
West Point 107 6,892 1.6% 24.7%
West Seneca 108 44,902 73.5% 52.0%
Islip Terrace 109 5,132 82.1% 54.6%
Irondequoit 110 51,594 73.4% 47.8%
Rockville Centre 111 24,128 68.3% 55.0%
Eggertsville 112 15,357 72.2% 50.5%
Scotia 113 7,742 59.5% 49.9%
Deer Park 114 27,290 80.7% 52.3%
Oyster Bay 115 6,548 55.8% 55.2%
Westmere 116 7,066 52.6% 50.3%
East Meadow 117 37,513 83.5% 53.8%
Kenmore 118 15,334 62.0% 44.5%
Lake Ronkonkoma 119 19,933 72.2% 53.7%
Fairmount 120 10,120 75.7% 49.1%
Babylon 121 12,177 72.2% 52.5%
Pleasantville 122 7,090 72.3% 55.0%
Port Jefferson 123 7,789 68.5% 55.4%
East Rockaway 124 9,861 70.3% 50.3%
Glens Falls North 125 8,645 58.0% 51.5%
North Babylon 126 17,262 77.9% 53.8%
Southport 127 7,145 66.5% 51.1%
Holbrook 128 27,765 75.2% 52.4%
Hamlin 129 5,508 78.2% 55.6%
Holtsville 130 20,054 79.0% 54.7%
Williamsville 131 5,286 59.4% 41.6%
South Huntington 132 9,462 80.4% 55.2%
Carle Place 133 5,377 64.9% 52.6%
East Massapequa 134 19,891 77.3% 53.6%
Chestnut Ridge 135 8,035 80.4% 54.6%
New Hyde Park 136 9,764 79.7% 54.5%
Albertson 137 5,154 92.2% 62.4%
Yaphank 138 5,906 88.2% 48.9%
Monroe 139 8,493 76.4% 55.5%
Port Washington 140 15,847 65.1% 61.3%
Orange Lake 141 7,606 77.3% 55.3%
Bohemia 142 10,275 74.5% 47.9%
Washingtonville 143 5,837 72.4% 54.8%
Rotterdam 144 20,956 73.6% 46.8%
Sound Beach 145 7,480 74.7% 55.4%
Manhasset 146 7,929 66.0% 55.7%
Lake Grove 147 11,235 77.1% 55.9%
Garden City Park 148 7,807 79.3% 58.1%
Brighton 149 36,870 52.5% 45.5%
Farmingdale 150 8,306 62.1% 48.3%
Depew 151 15,262 69.1% 48.9%
East Moriches 152 5,074 65.1% 55.8%
Hillcrest 153 7,566 85.8% 50.5%
Rye Brook 154 9,456 75.2% 65.3%
Roslyn Heights 155 7,243 84.5% 57.9%
Bayport 156 8,355 60.4% 54.9%
Kiryas Joel 157 21,201 33.0% 76.4%
Medford 158 24,535 80.6% 47.4%
Mineola 159 18,918 62.3% 50.0%
Wheatley Heights 160 5,211 76.2% 51.0%
Dobbs Ferry 161 11,001 60.2% 50.1%
Stony Point 162 12,854 79.1% 54.8%
Waterloo 163 5,178 63.4% 35.3%
West Babylon 164 43,725 73.9% 50.8%
Ronkonkoma 165 18,978 75.6% 52.0%
Westbury 166 15,201 72.6% 49.7%
South Hill 167 6,380 63.3% 16.6%
West Hempstead 168 18,801 83.0% 56.2%
Nanuet 169 18,366 64.8% 52.0%
Baldwinsville 170 7,655 57.0% 49.1%
Valley Cottage 171 10,185 75.7% 50.3%
Cheektowaga 172 74,967 64.8% 44.6%
Franklin Square 173 31,291 78.7% 53.9%
New Hempstead 174 5,240 94.7% 51.4%
Lindenhurst 175 27,303 72.2% 50.5%
Shirley 176 25,931 76.1% 53.0%
Greenlawn 177 14,189 76.3% 50.7%
Middle Island 178 10,030 71.8% 50.6%
Hartsdale 179 5,346 66.4% 51.1%
North Syracuse 180 6,659 63.0% 43.9%
East Farmingdale 181 6,389 64.7% 47.7%
Selden 182 20,390 74.9% 50.9%
Oneida 183 11,290 52.3% 46.9%
Lake Carmel 184 8,127 77.7% 59.1%
West Glens Falls 185 7,359 73.1% 44.6%
North Tonawanda 186 31,245 63.1% 46.9%
Great Neck 187 10,052 67.6% 57.2%
Croton-on-Hudson 188 8,168 73.1% 60.8%
New Square 189 7,328 15.4% 69.4%
Carmel Hamlet 190 6,824 69.4% 56.8%
Rocky Point 191 14,145 76.6% 53.9%
Baywood 192 7,681 78.1% 45.8%
Suffern 193 10,864 64.1% 47.3%
Lancaster 194 10,314 65.3% 45.4%
Goshen 195 5,417 46.7% 45.9%
Calverton 196 6,372 77.3% 49.5%
Mastic 197 16,274 74.8% 54.2%
Amityville 198 9,551 57.7% 52.8%
Tonawanda 199 15,048 66.7% 45.2%
Harrison 200 27,822 61.0% 49.0%
Warwick 201 6,783 63.4% 47.9%
Baldwin Harbor 202 7,799 84.4% 52.3%
Rome 203 33,161 48.8% 40.3%
Fredonia 204 10,988 52.2% 33.9%
Hampton Bays 205 12,712 45.7% 55.2%
North Valley Stream 206 17,247 84.3% 48.0%
Saratoga Springs 207 26,998 48.4% 43.4%
Seneca Falls 208 6,533 59.6% 44.8%
Lake Mohegan 209 5,514 69.5% 45.3%
Highland 210 5,315 52.0% 47.4%
North Gates 211 9,956 55.8% 39.3%
Lynbrook 212 19,517 67.5% 51.8%
University at Buffalo 213 6,058 0.0% 1.0%
East Patchogue 214 22,203 60.0% 48.3%
Monsey 215 20,171 37.6% 62.4%
Springs 216 5,855 41.4% 53.9%
Copiague 217 22,527 66.5% 46.2%
Malone 218 5,866 51.6% 39.6%
Coram 219 40,637 63.2% 49.5%
Baldwin 220 24,897 75.7% 50.0%
Mamaroneck 221 19,133 54.4% 53.0%
Batavia 222 15,274 48.2% 45.4%
Great Neck Plaza 223 6,823 43.0% 51.0%
Scotchtown 224 9,132 62.1% 51.6%
East Garden City 225 6,249 59.3% 22.1%
East Rochester 226 6,687 59.1% 40.9%
Olean 227 14,232 47.5% 41.9%
New Windsor 228 8,520 64.6% 52.1%
White Plains 229 57,505 49.0% 48.3%
Cortland 230 19,218 41.3% 26.6%
Newark 231 9,019 50.6% 45.6%
Webster 232 5,528 36.9% 36.6%
Glen Cove 233 27,161 48.6% 46.7%
Solvay 234 6,514 44.5% 38.7%
Geneseo 235 8,043 33.8% 16.9%
Brockport 236 8,398 41.2% 24.0%
Saranac Lake 237 6,055 39.1% 45.4%
Mattydale 238 6,741 61.2% 36.0%
North Lindenhurst 239 11,334 64.0% 50.1%
North Bay Shore 240 19,995 68.0% 42.8%
Ogdensburg 241 11,029 57.2% 38.2%
West Haverstraw 242 10,308 60.7% 46.1%
Mahopac 243 7,755 66.1% 54.7%
Cedarhurst 244 6,631 53.6% 50.1%
North Amityville 245 19,608 55.4% 32.6%
Bath 246 5,747 48.9% 38.8%
Johnson City 247 14,977 46.9% 38.0%
Corning 248 11,108 44.9% 41.8%
New Cassel 249 13,988 53.1% 35.6%
Canandaigua 250 10,532 47.9% 39.2%
Ithaca 251 30,399 25.0% 15.3%
Viola 252 6,558 55.6% 52.3%
Valley Stream 253 37,764 75.3% 52.8%
Penn Yan 254 5,011 50.0% 39.4%
Tuckahoe 255 6,559 47.3% 41.0%
Geneva 256 13,202 46.5% 31.3%
Dunkirk 257 12,386 53.6% 39.0%
Huntington Station 258 34,005 66.7% 46.4%
South Valley Stream 259 6,293 77.1% 51.2%
Patchogue 260 12,045 52.8% 38.7%
South Lockport 261 8,255 61.4% 42.9%
Lakeview 262 6,357 78.9% 37.4%
Plattsburgh 263 19,840 34.5% 30.2%
Norwich 264 7,080 43.3% 36.2%
Nyack 265 6,857 27.9% 36.3%
Wappingers Falls 266 5,377 29.5% 42.8%
Bay Shore 267 28,883 54.6% 42.4%
Port Jefferson Station 268 8,828 71.2% 49.6%
Canton 269 6,600 40.1% 22.7%
Lockport 270 20,957 51.6% 41.0%
Johnstown 271 8,552 52.0% 43.0%
New Rochelle 272 78,476 47.0% 47.7%
Walden 273 6,919 58.5% 44.1%
Ilion 274 7,968 53.6% 44.6%
Mount Kisco 275 11,016 50.9% 49.1%
Elmont 276 36,762 75.2% 45.6%
Massena 277 10,937 54.3% 44.8%
Hornell 278 8,508 48.3% 42.8%
Brentwood 279 59,436 65.9% 40.1%
Watertown 280 27,590 35.6% 43.7%
Oswego 281 18,119 44.9% 37.7%
Sleepy Hollow 282 10,002 37.4% 53.8%
North Bellport 283 11,680 53.2% 42.2%
Uniondale 284 24,787 70.9% 37.9%
Central Islip 285 36,233 59.4% 39.0%
Glens Falls 286 14,574 45.5% 36.7%
Cohoes 287 16,195 37.9% 39.0%
Port Chester 288 29,275 40.5% 44.9%
Medina 289 5,962 49.7% 44.0%
Oneonta 290 13,906 40.0% 21.1%
Long Beach 291 33,522 48.8% 39.6%
Jamestown 292 30,799 44.8% 39.3%
Lackawanna 293 18,037 49.6% 37.5%
Niagara Falls 294 49,679 45.5% 35.1%
Auburn 295 27,369 43.2% 37.1%
Riverhead 296 14,354 53.3% 41.0%
Rensselaer 297 9,476 39.3% 35.9%
Hudson 298 6,658 28.7% 29.3%
Elmira 299 29,046 42.0% 32.4%
Mount Ivy 300 6,926 58.7% 42.6%
Ballston Spa 301 5,298 47.4% 38.5%
Herkimer 302 7,752 39.3% 39.6%
Freeport 303 43,168 62.9% 38.3%
Fulton 304 11,786 47.4% 42.8%
Ossining 305 25,232 43.2% 45.6%
Mechanicville 306 5,207 30.5% 31.5%
Port Jervis 307 8,736 42.9% 39.9%
Kingston 308 23,707 39.3% 37.9%
Utica 309 61,852 40.8% 33.8%
Albany 310 98,287 32.1% 24.5%
Hudson Falls 311 7,266 52.3% 42.8%
Mastic Beach 312 14,880 60.9% 45.9%
Amsterdam 313 18,348 40.2% 39.4%
Haverstraw 314 12,060 41.6% 39.4%
Troy 315 49,965 33.2% 28.2%
Binghamton 316 46,771 39.1% 30.6%
Gloversville 317 15,395 39.6% 41.3%
Salamanca 318 5,717 45.9% 37.2%
Albion 319 5,799 50.5% 43.3%
Wyandanch 320 11,187 56.9% 29.2%
Endicott 321 13,216 36.5% 36.5%
Roosevelt 322 16,554 62.7% 35.3%
New Paltz 323 6,945 24.9% 12.5%
Yonkers 324 198,654 43.5% 43.4%
Buffalo 325 259,959 34.7% 28.3%
Peekskill 326 23,875 46.1% 45.0%
Manorhaven 327 6,638 33.6% 49.8%
Inwood 328 9,609 44.0% 45.0%
Middletown 329 27,904 45.5% 38.3%
Schenectady 330 66,055 37.2% 34.4%
Syracuse 331 144,648 32.8% 26.6%
Rochester 332 210,461 33.4% 25.1%
Spring Valley 333 32,007 26.4% 45.8%
Mechanicstown 334 7,030 41.3% 39.5%
Beacon 335 14,437 47.4% 37.4%
Mount Vernon 336 67,962 34.7% 35.3%
Poughkeepsie 337 30,716 33.4% 32.9%
Newburgh 338 28,614 25.5% 33.5%
Hempstead 339 54,801 39.4% 34.3%
Monticello 340 6,780 18.1% 32.1%
New York 341 8,354,889 29.0% 39.0%

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