There are 62 counties in the state of New York. Regarding quality of life, the #1 spot is in the Capital Region.

What do you love about living in the Capital Region?

From my perspective, one of the great benefits is no matter what type of lifestyle you prefer, you can find it in the greater Albany area. If your preference is rural living, being a city dweller, or maybe somewhere in between in suburbia, you can find your home here. There is a living space for everyone!

While you can find these personal preference zones all over the Capital Region, there is one local county that offers them all along with plenty of culture. Also, by New York standards, this county offers a cost of living that is a little more affordable.

New York's Top 10 Counties To Live In

The community gurus at HomeSnacks every year put together best of, and worst of lists, state by state highlighting different places to live. For 2024 they ranked their top 10 counties to call home in New York based on median income and home values, education, crime rates, and more. All told, 4 Capital Region counties made their top 10. Albany (#9), Rensselaer (#8), and Warren (#5) all made the list. And coming in at #1?


Saratoga Country Named New York's #1 Country To Live In

I may be a little biased because I live there, but I could not agree more with Saratoga County being ranked as the #1 county in the state. The stats back up HomeSnacks case, with the 3rd lowest unemployment rate and the 7th highest median income in the Empire State.


Then there are the real-life highlights we know and love locally: Saratoga Springs offers city life with a small-town feel, great entertainment, restaurants and bars, and so much more.

Want a more quaint downtown vibe? Check out the bustling restaurant scene in Ballston Spa.  Want a suburb feel with goods and services close by? Clifton Park is it. Want space and plenty of nature? Galway is the place to call home!

It is simple - Saratoga Country is a great place to live!

New York State's 10 Drunkest Counties

According to County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, these are the 10 New York counties with the highest rates of excessive alcohol consumption among adults. The CDC says exessive drinking includes binge drinking which is "...defined as consuming 4 or more drinks on an occasion for a woman or 5 or more drinks on an occasion for a man.." and heavy drinking which " ...for 8 drinks or more per week/For men, heavy drinking is 15 drinks or more per week."

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👀 At This Magnificent Saratoga County Church For Sale

Take a look at this magnificent church for sale in Saratoga County. This church sits in the heart of Mechanicville on Park Avenue. It can be used as a house of worship or for something else. You can convert it into a home, or a venue, or keep it as a church. It seats two hundred and features a pipe organ. Check out the beautiful, original stained glass throughout the building. This church is for sale for $225,000.

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