These Long Island locations rank among the best places to live in the country

Two communities on Long Island are among the “best places to live in America” in 2022, according to a recently released poll.

Each year, Niche explores the best places to live in the United States, evaluating factors such as crime, public school systems, employment opportunities and local amenities.

Using data based on the US Census, FBI, US Bureau of Labor (BLS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other sources, Niche then ranked the best places to live across the country, led by Chesterbrook, a suburb of Philadelphia.

On Long Island, two communities were ranked in the top 20, both in Nassau County.

The 10th best place to live in the United States, according to Niche, is Great Neck Plaza, which earned an overall “A+” rating, while its public schools, diversity, nightlife and family-centric neighborhoods each received rave reviews.

As of March 2022, the median home value in Great Neck Plaza was $364,400 and the median rent was $1,958 per month.

A Great Neck Plaza resident touted the village’s multiple transportation options and easy access to major airports in Manhattan and New York.

“If you are looking for a safe, clean, convenient community (easiest possible route to Manhattan via the LIRR), short route to LGA and JFK, to LI, bridges to Bronx and Westchester, ability to walk to to many grocery stores, gyms, restaurants, etc., Great Neck Plaza is the best possible alternative in the NYC metro area,” the Great Neck Plaza resident wrote.

“If you’re kids, the school district is great, with plenty of adult education options as well.”

Nearby Great Neck Gardens was ranked 18th overall by Niche, despite it being the best place to raise a family in New York City.

Great Neck Gardens also has an overall “A+” rating with a median home value of $954,300 as of March 2022 for its sparse population of 1,150.

“Great Neck Gardens is in Nassau County and is one of the best places to live in New York City,” Niche said. “Living in Great Neck Gardens gives residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Residents of Great Neck Gardens tend to be liberal. Great Neck Gardens Public Schools are highly rated.

The full methodology of how Niche determined its ranking can be found here. The full list of “Best Places to Live in America in 2022” is here here.

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