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Median Household Income: $64,464
Median Value of Owner-Occupied Housing Unit: $426,000
Only 30 miles from New York City, Nyack has a progressive small-town feel during the day and a thriving nightlife after dark. Our collective imagination of what Northeast, small-city Americana looks like was in large part crafted by Nyack itself through the paintings of iconic American Realist painter Edward Hopper. He was born and raised here, and developed much of the sensibilities that came through in images that would go on to influence our culture until present day. You can visit his former Nyack home and museum, The Edward Hopper House Art Center, and see paintings including one of Hook Mountain, an enduring part of Nyack’s outdoor landscape.
Residents escaping the grind of the Manhattan workweek often spend weekends unwinding with hikes on Hook Mountain or the equally serene Nyack Beach State Park. As the sun sets, the crowd descends on Main Street, where residents bar-hop and commune cheerfully and loudly over the crowds and live music at popular venues like Bourbon Street or The Local Tap House. You will rarely hear a bad word about the village from any local, as they all seem to be enjoying life thoroughly.
The schools are nothing to sneeze at, either: more than half of the 2016 graduating senior class graduated with a Regents with Advanced Designation diploma and 71 percent passed AP exams.
Your slice of this life would come in at the higher end of our list’s price range. The median home price here is $426,000, a price that will put you near the center of village life with a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home built in the mid-20th century.