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Central New York: Top Ten Places to Live

This was certainly news to me, especially in light of some news a few years ago that showed Central New York as one of the highest taxed in the entire nation.

Central New York is beautiful. We have plenty of water (probably too much!) but not enough sunshine; it’s quiet living here, but the larger cities are close enough for urban conveniences. But the taxes, OH, the taxes! Government is still pretty limited so residents have some nice freedoms. There’s culture, a TON of history, really nice events…. real estate in Utica is certainly not on par with, say real estate in San Diego, but Utica has some gorgeous grand old dames, still.

Zillow.com ranked Utica, NY, as the Number One place to buy a house, due to the city’s low foreclosure rate and low costs. Two other cities, Rochester and Albany, also made the list.

In case you’re wondering, these are the cities that made the list for 2010:

1. Utica, N.Y.
2. Oklahoma City, Okla.
3. Rochester, N.Y.
4. Pittsburgh, Pa.
5. Tulsa, Okla.
6. Albany, N.Y.
7. Lancaster, Pa.
8. Madison, Wis.
9. Green Bay, Wis.
10. Lincoln, Neb.

It’s nice to know that houses are so affordable here. Again, I sorrowfully lament the property taxes, though– in some cases, the yearly taxes would exceed the yearly mortgage payments! Lower the taxes, and this place is next to heaven. 😀 Central New York is a great place to live.

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I've been traveling throughout New York State since I got the travel bug after touring the Herkimer Home on a school field trip as a youngster. We've been blogging about our travels since 2006 and have visited over half of New York's 62 counties so far.

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