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|Low State Taxes Ranking: 50
Low Cost of Living Ranking: 47
State Economy Ranking: 22
|Average Temperatures (Albany):
The Short of It
What food best represents New York?
- Pizza 1
- Hoffman Hot Dogs & Salt Potatoes 2
- Pizza 3
What song best represents New York?
How does NY refer to a carbonated beverage drink?
- Soda 1, 2, 3
If you could take a friend to one place in NY, where would it be?
- Montauk — The lighthouse and beach are really nice. 1
- Syracuse University basketball game 2
- The City in the springtime 3
The Long of It
Biggest misconception about NY?
- When people say it snows a lot in Syracuse. Just kidding! They’re right. 2
- That everyone has accents. I’ll admit I’ve only lived in NYC, but I have family upstate that I visit quite frequently. There’s also the “stupid New Yorker” stereotype. 3
Best aspect about living in NY?
- Not so much the best aspect about my state but the best aspect about the town I was raised in is that it’s small, nice, and the high school is one of the top in the country (top 50 while I was in HS). Homes are expensive, and you don’t get as much bang for your buck as you would in states like Georgia and stuff. Property taxes are a little high as well. But towns like Garden City and New Hyde Park have lower taxes and great schools. 1
- All 4 seasons. Fall is the best! 2
- The Yankees are the home team! Also, there’s a lot of diversity here so you get to meet people with so many different cultures and points of view. There’s also a lot of different industries that make NY home, so whatever you do, there’s a career path here. 3
Worst aspect about living in NY?
- I think its easy to think of NYC when you hear NY. I’m from Long Island, which is a suburban area. I’ve told people that I’m from Long Island, NY, and have gotten “where’s that?” 1
- The winter 2
- It’s pricey, especially in the City. Winters are rough (though that holds true for all of the Northeast). I don’t own any property yet, but taxes are high, again especially near the City. 3
Summarize your feelings about New York in five words.
- Empire State of Mind, Yo! 1
- City & Rural within 20 minutes 2
- Expensive but full of opportunity 3
Our Freaking Take
Johnny and I really only know the New York City aspect of New York. Living in the City changed us in ways nowhere else could have. And I’m not just talking about that time a homeless man had a conversation with himself and his other self right outside our window. We loved our time there, and Lisa described it perfectly as “expensive but full of opportunity.” I loved living in a city surrounded by the best of the best in every career field. I think Johnny and I were always pushing to be better while we lived in NYC. And there was never a dull moment, which we also loved. And while we’ll probably never call it home again, we wouldn’t trade our time living there for anything. A little bit of our heart will always belong to that city.
How did these answers line up with your perception of New York? Have your thoughts on the state changed after reading this? Could you see it fitting your forever-place bill?