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The Best Towns in New York for Job Seekers

Sept. 30, 2013
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New York’s economy is on the road to recovery, with the unemployment rate falling to 7.6 percent, down from 8.4 percent in January 2013. As many young professionals seek jobs, NerdWallet crunched the numbers to find the best places for job seekers in New York.

  1. Is the city growing? We assessed population growth of those 16 and over to ensure that the city is attracting workers.
  2. Do people earn high salaries? We included median household income in the calculation.
  3. Can residents find jobs? We looked at the unemployment rate.

Best Towns in New York for Job Seekers

1. Rockville Centre

Rockville Centre lies in Nassau County on Long Island, 25 miles outside New York City. Rockville Centre’s residents make a median household income of $108,071, and an unemployment rate of 5.3 percent, besting the New York state average of 7.6 percent. Rockville Centre has a fairly steady population, with a minimal 1.2 percent decline from 2008 to 2011.

2. Eastchester

Eastchester is located in southern Westchester County, 25 miles north of New York City. Eastchester boasts a 4.4 percent population growth between 2008 and 2011 and an unemployment rate of only 5.5 percent. Residents of Eastchester make a median household income of $99,157.

3. Smithtown

Located in Suffolk County on Long Island, Smithtown is around 50 miles east of New York City. Smithtown has a high median household income of $110,387 and a low unemployment rate of 5.8 percent.

4. Harrison

Harrison is located in Westchester County, approximately 22 miles northeast of New York City. Harrison boasts a high median household income of $109,005 and a low unemployment rate of 6.4 percent. Additionally, Harrison has seen 2.7 percent population growth from 2008 to 2011.

5. Mamaroneck 

Mamaroneck is located in southern Westchester, north of New York City. Mamaroneck consists of two villages, Larchmont and Mamaroneck, and an unincorporated area. Mamaroneck has the lowest unemployment rate on our list at only 4.9 percent. Additionally, residents earn a median household income of $85,801, and the town has seen a 2.7 percent population growth from 2008 to 2011.

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6. Huntington

Huntington is located in Suffolk County, on the north shore of Long Island. Huntington has seen 4.9 percent population growth from 2008 to 2011 and has a low unemployment rate of 5.5 percent. Additionally, Huntington residents earn a median household income of $73,453.

7. Valley Stream

Valley Stream is located in Nassau County, bordering Queens. Valley Stream residents have seen a relatively stable population, with a 3.8 percent growth from 2008 to 2011. With a 6.2 percent unemployment rate and a median household income of $84,891, Valley Stream is a great place for job seekers.

8. Brighton

Brighton is located in Monroe County in Upstate New York, along the southern border of Rochester. Brighton has a low unemployment rate of only 5.1 percent, and residents earn a median household income of $64,591. Additionally, Brighton has seen plenty of new residents in recent years, with a 5.2 percent population growth from 2008 to 2011.

9. White Plains

White Plains is the commercial hub of Westchester County, northeast of New York City. White Plains is close to both the Hudson River and Long Island Sound. Residents earn a median household income of $76,164, and the city boasts an unemployment rate of just 5.6 percent.

10. Ossining

Ossining is located in western Westchester County, bordered by the Hudson River to the west and the Croton River to the north. Ossining residents are very successful, earning a median household income of $70,872. The unemployment rate is a low 5.9 percent, and Ossining has seen a population growth of 5.6 percent from 2008 to 2011.

 

Rank Cities Nearest Big City Median Household Income (2011) Percent Population Growth (2008 to 2011) Unemployment Rates (2013) Overall score for job seekers
1 Rockville Centre New York City $108,071 -1.2% 5.3% 65.7
2 Eastchester White Plains $99,157 4.4% 5.5% 62.8
3 Smithtown New York City $110,387 -7.0% 5.8% 61.5
4 Harrison White Plains $109,005 2.7% 6.4% 60.6
5 Mamaroneck White Plains $85,801 2.7% 4.9% 60.5
6 Huntington New York City $73,453 4.9% 5.5% 52.5
7 Valley Stream New York City $84,891 3.8% 6.2% 52.4
8 Brighton Rochester $64,591 5.2% 5.1% 51.5
9 White Plains $76,164 -1.7% 5.6% 50.6
10 Ossining White Plains $70,872 5.6% 5.9% 49.2

 

Methodology

The overall score for each city was derived from the following measures:

  1. Median household income from the U.S. Census (2011 ACS)
  2. Population change from 2008 to 2011 from the U.S. Census (2011 ACS, 2008 ACS)
  3. Unemployment rate from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (July 2013)

67 New York cities designated as places by the U.S. Census were included in this analysis. Only places with a population greater than 25,000 were considered.
Photo Credit: New York Skyline by Rakkhi Samarasekera