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UPDATE: Clarkstown Makes CNN's Top 100 Places to Live

Town is one of four New York areas that made the list; CNN/Money ranking puts the town at No. 35 in the U.S.

UPDATE: Clarkstown Makes CNN's Top 100 Places to Live UPDATE: Clarkstown Makes CNN's Top 100 Places to Live

Think Clarkstown is a great place to live? CNN Money thinks so.

A new ranking has confirmed that the  is a top region to call home;  CNNMoney listed Clarkstown in its 2012 Top 100 Places to Live. The Rockland town comes in at No. 35 -- one of only four New York municipalities to make the cut.

RankCityPopulation 35 Clarkstown85,800 44 White Plains57,500 48 Amherst122,900 59 Ramapo130,000

The neighboring Town of Ramapo comes in on the list at No. 59. Clarkstown also made the list in 2008 and . Nanuet was No. 24 on  CNNMoney's 2007 Top 100 Places to Live and made the list again. Pearl River came close in 2011 at No. 78. 

“We are so proud of this wonderful honor,” said Supervisor Alex Gromack.  “Clarkstown has various recreational and social opportunities for children and families, excellent schools, an active 'Open Space' program, and a host of community and civic organizations that work to keep our Town one of the best places to live.”

(Where is the No. 1 place to live? The CNN/Money.com rankings say that's Carmel, IN.)

Clarkstown gets credit for its low crime rate, "numerous parks, lakes, and trails and... proximity to the Hudson River. New York City is an hour away, but there are ample leisure offerings nearby. Residents can catch a show at Nyack's Elmwood Playhouse, attend a Little League game in Zukor Park, or hit the largest mall in the tristate area, West Nyack's Palisades Mall," according to L.G. of CNNMoney.

Money Magazine created the list using statistics from data provider OnBoard Informatics.  The list includes cities that have populations of 50,000 to 300,000 and ranked based on job growth, income increases, cost of living, housing affordability, school quality, arts and leisure options, safety, health care, and diversity.   

“I am also proud of the cooperation that exists between our residents and our town government,” said Supervisor Gromack.  “By working together we have built a community where families flourish and where people and ideas come together in a constructive partnership.”

Clarkstown has also consistently been rated among the top ‘safest’ communities in the United States (CQ Press).

Wondering how Clarkstown compares to the average city on this top 100 list? Here are some interesting comparisons (For the full list, go to CNNMoney):


City statsBest places avg. Median family income
(per year) $118,887 $96,825 State sales tax 4.00% 5.57% Job growth %
(2000-2011)* -3.39% 25.01% Median home price $409,516 $269,768 Colleges, universities and
professional schools (within 30 miles) 27 8 Test scores reading
(% above/below state average) 34.1% 28.2% Test scores math
(% above/below average) 35.1% 29.2% Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 132 Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 17320 % population with commute
45 mins. or longer 31.4% 14.9% % population walk or bike to work 1.9% 3.2% Movie theaters
(within 15 miles) 61 33 Restaurants
(within 15 miles) 6,136 3,134 Bars
(within 15 miles) 310 199 Public golf courses
(within 30 miles) 383 169 Libraries
(within 15 miles) 170 70 Museums (accredited by AAM;
within 30 miles) 34 10 Ski resorts (within 100 miles) 22 6

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