Elmira, New York is the No. 1 small town in America for affordable living, education, safety and more

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To determine the ranking, the cities were scored across four key metrics on a 100-point scale:

Community

Safety

  • Affordable living
  • Education
  • Sources for the ranking included Zillow Home Values, the National Center for Education Statistics, FBI Crime Data Explorer, U.S. Census Bureau, the United States Department of Agriculture and the National Park Service. To determine the ranking, the cities were scored across four key metrics on a 100-point scale:
  • Community

Safety

Affordable living

Education

Sources for the ranking also included Zillow Home Values, the National Center for Education Statistics, FBI Crime Data Explorer, U.S. Census Bureau, the United States Department of Agriculture and the National Park Service.Smaller cities in New York reigned supreme, taking five of the top 10 spots.

No. 1 small city/town in the U.S.: Elmira, New York

Overall score

  • : 75 out of 100
  • Elmira, New York, is in the southern tier of New York, which means it is just a short distance north of the Pennsylvania state line.
  • The New York town had the following scores in the ranking:

Community score: 43

Safety: 80.9

Student-to-teacher ratio: 16.49

The median home list price in Elmira was $126,000 in July 2023, up 20.6% from the previous year, and the median price per square foot was $81, according to Rocket Homes.

Elmira, New York, is also the resting place of famed author Mark Twain. The town still has the study that Twain reportedly wrote some of his most famous works, including “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” according to The Mark Twain House and Museum.

  1. Elmira, New York ranked as the best small city and town in the U.S., according to All Star Homes.
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  3. Top 10 small cities/towns in the U.S.
  4. Elmira, N.Y.
  5. Corning, N.Y.
  6. Utica, N.Y.Binghamton, N.Y.
  7. Hattiesburg, Miss.Bowling Green, KY and Hannibal, M.O.
  8. (tie)Charlottesville, Va., Greenwood, Miss., Watertown, N.Y.
  9. (tie)
  10. Meridian, Miss. Saint Joseph, M.O.

(tie)

Steubenville, Ohio

Quincy, Ill.

Corning, New York, which comes in second on the list, is best known as the headquarters of Fortune 500 company Corning Incorporated, a manufacturer of glass and ceramic products whose clients include Apple.

The New York city is also home to the Corning Museum of Glass, which houses one of the world’s largest collections of glass objects.

In Corning, The average Corning home value is $151,198, up 0.9% over the past year, according to Zillow.

Corning, New York is the second best city and town to live in the United States.

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The third that ranked city is Utica, also in New York state. Utica, New York had a score of 71.Accordingly, the report stated that Utica has a high number of farmer’s market within 30 miles and a diversity ranking of 66%. It also had relatively affordable home values. According to Zillow the average Utica house value is $172.350. This represents a 4.5% increase over the last year.

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