WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Real estate blog Movoto.com recently named White Plains as the third-best place to live in New York.
Movoto compiled a list of municipalities within the state with 10,000 people or more from the 2010 U.S. census. The site then ranked the 87 qualifying areas on the following criteria:
- Total amenities.
- Quality of life (cost of living, median home price, median rent, median household income, and student-to-teacher ratio).
- Total crimes.
- Tax rates (sales tax and income tax).
- Commute time.
- Weather (temperature and air quality).
White Plains ranked in the top 10 in three categories: unemployment (fourth), amenities (sixth) and tax rate (seventh). The city of nearly 57,000 also excelled in quality of life, ranking 16th as weather, coming in at No.14.
White Plains' worst category was in commute time, ranking 53rd out of 87 communities.
The overall score of 21.86 for White Plains placed it just behind Mamaroneck, and Tarrytown, which placed first and second with scores of 20.71 and 21.57, respectively.
Overall, Westchester County communities dominated the top 10, taking 10 spots. Mount Kisco, Scarsdale, Harrison, Dobbs Ferry, Ossining, Rye and New Rochelle (tied for 10th with Saratoga Springs) all made the top 10.
Port Chester, Peekskill and Yonkers all sat outside the top 10 ranking 12th through 14th, respectively.