Overall, the quality of life in Upstate New York is pretty amazing. But some communities have that special something extra.

Maybe it is a lakefront location. Maybe it is a great city life with close proximity to natural wonders. Or maybe it is simply being immersed in a great downtown experience.

No matter the vibe, Upstate New York has the cities and towns to fit any desired lifestyle! And Money Inc. has done the research to determine the best of the best by ranking their top 20 cities and towns to call home in Upstate New York.

They looked at the cost of living, job opportunities, school quality, crime rates, leisure activities, and more to determine this list. You will see communities large and small on the list, with many centered around areas like Buffalo, Albany, Rochester, and the Finger Lakes regions. Get ready for a list of towns and communities that is as diverse and interesting as the populations that call them home.

Upstate New York's 20 Best Places To Live For 2023 [RANKED]

Money Inc. has dug in and determined the 20 best places to live in Upstate New York based on the most important factors that lead to a high quality of life. From Buffalo to Rochester to the Finger Lakes and the Greater Capital Region - you will find many of the communities you know and love represented on this list based on all they have to offer. Factors like affordable cost of living, great employment opportunities, and just fun stuff to do all contributed to the best of the best Upstate!

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The 10 Worst Small Towns In New York [RANKED]

A Capital Region town has topped Roadsnacks 2022 rankings of the worst small towns in the Empire State. Just like any list created by folks not living in New York, these rankings in no way reflect how we feel about these towns and you should take these rankings with a grain of salt. That said, these rankings were formulated based on census data like median income, home values, unemployment rates, crime rates, education, and population density. and more from the state's 466 smallest towns

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