Let's be honest, there are quite a few "worst" places to live in New York State. To be fair, that's true in every single state. It really just depends on what you're looking for in life that makes you happy. But, with that said, these 8 small towns in New York State made the list of the worst small towns in America. WalletHub looked at more than 1,300 small towns in the United States with populations between 25,000 and 100,000 to create the list. The rankings are based on 43 key indicators of livability, such as housing costs, school-system quality, homeowner rates, restaurants per capita, crime rates, and the percentage of the population living in poverty. The lower the percentile, the better the town, and vice versa, according to WalletHub.
The 99th percentile represents the top 1 percent of small cities in America.
Several towns in New York landed in the bottom 20 percentile, making them among the worst.
Percentile - Town Name
20 - Elmont, NY
19 - Shirley, NY
18 - Newburgh, NY
17 - Watertown, NY
14 - Central Islip, NY
12 - Coram, NY
12 - Hempstead, NY
This Small New York Town Is Among The Worst In The U.S.
2 - Spring Valley, NY
Spring Valley is a village in the towns of Ramapo and Clarkstown in Rockland County, New York, United States.
No New York small towns made it into the 99th percentile, which is the best. But Saratoga Springs, NY, did make it into the 98th percentile. The best small town to live in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, according to the WalletHub Study.