North Hills, Floral Park and Williston Park named top places to live in state

North Hills, Floral Park and Williston Park named top places to live in state
The Village of North Hills Village Hall. (Photo courtesy of the Island 360 archives)

A recent study by HomeSnacks, a data compiling website, has named the villages of North Hills, Floral Park and Williston Park among the top 10 places to live in the state.

North Hills placed No. 1 on the list, with the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 0.9 percent and a median home value of $957,600. The population of the village has also grown 8 percent over the last 15 years, according to the study.

Village Mayor Marvin Natiss said he is proud to represent the village, has always felt strongly about how the community has been run and looks forward to maintaining the village.

Some of the criteria for the study included home values, income, population density, crime and education levels.

A spokesperson for HomeSnacks said that the algorithm used to determine the best places to live was as unbiased as possible.

HomeSnacks currently has a growing total of 57 rankings, including the cheapest, richest and safest places to live across the country, and has been professionally ranking cities, neighborhoods, counties and states across America for over three years, according to its website.

Floral Park placed second on the list, with one of the highest populations on the list at nearly 16,000 residents, an unemployment rate of 5.3 percent and median home value of $499,300.

“The Village of Floral Park is a family community that is more like a family than a community,” Mayor Dominick Longobardi said. He commended the village’s emergency services, residents and spirit for contributing to its success.

Williston Park was No. 10 with a similar unemployment rate and median home value to Floral Park’s, with less than half of the latter’s population.

Williston Park Mayor Paul Ehrbar said he agreed with the ranking, but jested that he thought the village “should be closer to number one.”

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