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New York can be a pretty great place to live, but for a lot of people, there's a lot of negatives about living in the Empire State. There are some places that people love to reside, while others aren't so great. The saying is in fact "location, location, location" after all.

So, when we stumbled upon a list created by the company Road Snacks, we thought you may want to know if you're living in one of the worst small towns in New York. I mean, if it was us, we would want to know. To honest with you, one of the towns in the Top 15 falls right here in Central New York, which is shocking but is based on some data.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data and the Census's 2016-2020 American Community Survey, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (The lower the worse)
  • Highest Unemployment Rates
  • Low housing costs (meaning there's no demand)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
  • Education (Number of high school dropouts)
  • High Crime

So, are you living in one of the worst small towns in New York? Here's the full list:

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The Worst Small Towns in New York

  1. Whitehall 
  2. Wolcott 
  3. Great Bend 
  4. Yorkshire 
  5. Avoca 
  6. Loch Sheldrake
  7. Liberty
  8. Whitney Point 
  9. Fort Plain 
  10. Gouverneur
  11. Delevan
  12. Little Valley
  13. Hancock 
  14. Little Falls 
  15. Cohocton 

Aw - Little Falls? Really? We love that quaint little town. It's one of the best in our hearts, not only because it's charming - but because it's home to the Cheese Festival. Yum.

Do you live in one of the worst small towns? Would you agree or disagree with this list? Let us know in our station app.

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