It goes without saying that all Westchesterites know we live in the greatest place on Earth. Still, it’s nice to receive some external recognition every once in a while.
Geographical ranking site HomeSnacks, known for combing through map, census, FBI, and other vast collections of data to yield easily understood, “bite-size” studies of America’s neighborhoods. This week, HomeSnacks released its official 2019 rankings of the best places to live in every U.S. state, as well as the national rankings, and one Westchester community is a breakout star.
The City of Rye landed the top spot in all of New York, jumping ahead from its Number 3 ranking earlier this year, clocking in with an astounding “SnackAbility” score of 10/10. (Rye scored 9/10 for jobs and amenities, 10/10 for housing, 9.5/10 for safety and education, 7/10 for affordability and diversity, and a meager 3/10
from the East German judge for commute.)
With a population just a hair over 16,000 and an unemployment and poverty rates of only 3.6% and 3.2%, respectively — well below the state medians — Rye marks itself as a highly desirable place to live. The average home is valued over a million dollars and rents average about $2,100 per month, which the townsfolk can easily afford with their $172,000 average combined household incomes. All said and done, Rye broke the country’s Top 10 Best Places to Live, landing at Number 9. (Take that, Key Biscayne, FL.)
Criteria used to select each state’s representative neighborhood and then pit them against each other included median incomes and home values; unemployment, poverty, and crime rates; health insurance coverage; commute time, population density, and even education level. (Rye has a markedly high incidence of insured secondary degree holders.)