Congratulations to the people of White Plains on making the Top 50 on Money Magazines “Top 50 Places to Live” list. White Plains ranked #48 throughout the entire country, and was only one of three New York areas to make the Top 50 (Clarkstown, in Rockland County, actually made the top 10!).
Indeed, three other Westchester communities — Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, and Yonkers — made the Top 500 list. Money Magazine doesn’t rank outside the top 50, so we don’t know whether those communities were #51 or #499 — but we think they’re great places to live, so we’re pretty confident they made the Top 100.
The magazine’s methodology seems to focus on job growth, economic strength, home affordability, and schools. So I can see why White Plains made the list. Here’s what Money Magazine had to say about White Plains:
White Plains used to be known solely for its vast office complexes, with a downtown that had little to offer once workers filtered out at 5pm. Nowadays, the streets are filled in the evening hours with folks who come to shop at the upscale Galleria, dine at the City Center or catch a show at the White Plains Center for Performing Arts.
While some make the easy 30 minute commute to New York City, lots of residents work in White Plains, home to major corporations such as Heineken USA and ITT. There’s also plenty of room for outdoor fun. Hike at the 190-acre Cranberry Lake Preserve, or head to Saxon Woods Park, which has an 18-hole golf course, Westchester County’s largest swimming pool and a children’s aquatic playground, as well as horseback riding and cross country skiing.
I completely agree. White Plains is really one of the jewels of the Westchester/Hudson Valley region. It’s right at the heart of Westchester, 30 minutes to midtown, and mixes a relaxing suburban vibe with the urban energy of a small city. My mother Marsha just moved to downtown White Plains, and my brother Greg lived there for many years. And it’s also where we have our largest Westchester office right in the downtown city area.
So congratulations to everyone from White Plains on this distinction.
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