These Are The 10 Most Successful Cities In New York

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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What is success? Is it the amount of money you have in your bank account, at any given point? Is it that feeling you get after delivering a killer presentation, or even a pretty decent bar joke?

Or is it something bigger–something wholly unnamable, undefinable, immeasurable, and totally subjective?

Probably so.

But here at Zippia, we like things that we can neatly measure and then expound upon. So yes, with the Power of Math, we have determined the unarguable, totally objective 10 most successful cities in New York. And here they are:

  1. Lawrence
  2. Pelham Manor
  3. North Hills
  4. Irvington
  5. Scarsdale
  6. Rye
  7. Briarcliff Manor
  8. Pelham
  9. Garden City
  10. Sea Cliff

If you are trying to argue already with our unarguable list, keep reading. There’s a method to this madness.

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How We Determined The Most Successful Cities In New York

The first thing that comes to most capitalist minds in terms of success is–money. After all, rich people must be successful, right?

Meh. Maybe. But we think there’s a bit more that goes into it than that. So we looked at this set of criteria from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:




1. Lawrence

Lawrence, New York

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Population: 6,511Median Income: $142,864
Poverty Level: 0.6%
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%

2. Pelham Manor

Pelham Manor, New York

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Population: 5,539Median Income: $173,140
Poverty Level: 2.1%
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%

3. North Hills

North Hills, New York

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Population: 5,122Median Income: $114,950
Poverty Level: 1.0%
Unemployment Rate: 1.6%

4. Irvington

Irvington, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,506Median Income: $137,500
Poverty Level: 2.3%
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%

5. Scarsdale

Scarsdale, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,471Median Income: $241,453
Poverty Level: 2.3%
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%

6. Rye

Rye, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,892Median Income: $155,422
Poverty Level: 2.9%
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%

7. Briarcliff Manor

Briarcliff Manor, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,783Median Income: $144,006
Poverty Level: 4.4%
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%

8. Pelham

Pelham, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,984Median Income: $118,125
Poverty Level: 3.9%
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%

9. Garden City

Garden City, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,543Median Income: $152,401
Poverty Level: 3.8%
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%

10. Sea Cliff

Sea Cliff, New York

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Population: 5,012Median Income: $107,256
Poverty Level: 3.7%
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%

Measuring Success

If you’re still looking at this post thinking, “Surely, such superficial methods can’t possibly measure a city, or rather, the individuals that make up that city’s success!” well, you’re probably right.

But we like to measure things, and when it comes to success, we feel pretty successful in our approach. Congrats to Lawrence and our winners. And for those who didn’t make the cut, well, better luck next year.

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Detailed List Of The Most Successful Cities In New York

Rank City Median Income Poverty Rate Unemployment Rate
1 Lawrence $142,864 0.6% 2.4%
2 Pelham Manor $173,140 2.1% 2.5%
3 North Hills $114,950 1.0% 1.6%
4 Irvington $137,500 2.3% 4.3%
5 Scarsdale $241,453 2.3% 5.5%
6 Rye $155,422 2.9% 5.9%
7 Briarcliff Manor $144,006 4.4% 4.4%
8 Pelham $118,125 3.9% 4.5%
9 Garden City $152,401 3.8% 5.5%
10 Sea Cliff $107,256 3.7% 4.2%
11 East Hills $171,964 5.2% 5.0%
12 Bayville $98,704 4.7% 2.6%
13 Kings Point $113,393 6.3% 3.8%
14 Larchmont $152,448 5.0% 6.3%
15 Floral Park $106,134 3.1% 6.5%
16 Malverne $114,497 0.6% 8.1%
17 Dobbs Ferry $113,062 4.8% 6.3%
18 Woodbury $124,400 4.7% 6.7%
19 Rockville Centre $108,456 4.3% 6.6%
20 Northport $112,316 3.5% 7.4%
21 Hastings-on-Hudson $119,474 5.3% 6.6%
22 Massapequa Park $114,574 2.2% 8.4%
23 Babylon $101,549 4.1% 6.6%
24 East Rockaway $93,833 3.5% 6.5%
25 Bronxville $193,333 3.5% 8.6%
26 Wesley Hills $103,014 2.7% 7.5%
27 Airmont $89,743 5.5% 4.4%
28 Farmingdale $70,603 2.8% 6.0%
29 Hamburg $69,663 3.0% 5.9%
30 Chestnut Ridge $105,489 6.0% 6.1%
31 Croton-on-Hudson $131,546 3.5% 8.6%
32 New Hempstead $113,628 1.8% 9.5%
33 Williston Park $101,921 3.2% 7.5%
34 Chittenango $64,720 4.6% 2.4%
35 New Hyde Park $99,469 4.4% 6.8%
36 Mineola $81,177 5.6% 4.6%
37 Westbury $85,086 6.1% 5.0%
38 Pleasantville $105,714 2.6% 9.1%
39 Lindenhurst $84,414 4.5% 6.4%
40 Hilton $58,250 2.9% 6.3%
41 Rye Brook $139,741 4.2% 9.8%
42 Lake Grove $92,173 9.3% 5.0%
43 East Aurora $65,045 6.1% 3.8%
44 Port Jefferson $111,042 7.9% 6.9%
45 Harrison $111,122 8.0% 7.0%
46 Washingtonville $72,668 5.1% 6.3%
47 Colonie $76,951 5.5% 6.2%
48 Monroe $98,864 9.1% 6.3%
49 Goshen $69,792 4.7% 6.4%
50 Horseheads $53,620 7.6% 3.7%
51 Amityville $81,135 9.4% 5.8%
52 Long Beach $83,396 8.5% 6.2%
53 Tarr $91,906 4.4% 8.9%
54 Patchogue $70,035 11.3% 5.1%
55 Nyack $63,173 9.9% 5.3%
56 Wappingers Falls $54,206 10.7% 4.6%
57 Williamsville $60,700 8.2% 6.0%
58 White Plains $81,743 9.1% 6.9%
59 Fairport $68,591 3.3% 9.3%
60 Cedarhurst $87,353 6.4% 8.1%
61 Lynbrook $87,712 5.4% 9.1%
62 Scotia $57,179 6.7% 6.5%
63 Waterloo $49,883 14.3% 3.4%
64 Kenmore $50,880 8.5% 5.8%
65 Glen Cove $65,267 13.3% 5.9%
66 Suffern $80,733 6.3% 8.4%
67 West Haverstraw $82,320 8.2% 8.2%
68 Tuckahoe $69,966 7.3% 8.2%
69 Mamaroneck $85,865 9.4% 8.4%
70 Warwick $65,720 5.4% 9.1%
71 Great Neck Plaza $58,276 4.1% 9.8%
72 Great Neck $81,778 5.7% 10.2%
73 Valley Stream $88,145 6.5% 10.3%
74 Saratoga Springs $67,303 9.4% 7.5%
75 Baldwinsville $45,833 9.3% 6.8%
76 New Rochelle $68,270 9.5% 8.3%
77 Depew $49,291 10.0% 7.1%
78 Manorhaven $82,758 8.0% 10.6%
79 Mount Kisco $71,727 14.0% 7.9%
80 North Syracuse $46,470 5.5% 8.9%
81 Oneida $46,958 13.4% 7.0%
82 Fredonia $45,714 25.9% 5.8%
83 Rome $44,694 16.7% 6.6%
84 Port Chester $56,134 13.5% 7.7%
85 North Tonawanda $47,604 9.9% 7.7%
86 Solvay $41,919 14.6% 6.9%
87 Geneva $40,428 24.5% 6.3%
88 Sleepy Hollow $58,672 12.7% 8.8%
89 Lancaster $51,924 7.0% 9.9%
90 Watervliet $44,159 13.1% 7.7%
91 Ossining $68,533 16.7% 8.9%
92 Freeport $67,056 12.8% 9.7%
93 Webster $35,509 22.2% 6.3%
94 Walden $64,924 12.6% 9.6%
95 Tonawanda $46,026 10.2% 8.8%
96 Corning $48,791 17.2% 7.7%
97 Mechanicville $43,355 18.8% 7.4%
98 Haverstraw $56,714 13.5% 9.2%
99 Malone $36,194 25.0% 6.6%
100 East Rochester $47,492 13.4% 8.8%

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