Suffolk County’s best places to live in 2023, ranked in new report


Dix Hills is the best place to live in Suffolk County, according to a new report released by Niche.

The affluent hamlet located at the west end of the county earned an A+ overall grade from Niche, specifically receiving high marks for its high-performing schools, abundant outdoor activities and strong promotion of health and fitness.

The former hometown of NBA star Tobias Harris, actor Ralph Macchio and Twisted Sister rocker Dee Snider, Dix Hills sends its students to either Half Hollow Hills or Commack schools. It’s population is about 25,000.

Coming in right behind Dix Hills is Cold Spring Harbor, a much smaller hamlet (population: 3,000) located on the North Shore and at the Nassau County border. Niche gave the community an overall grade of A+, with high marks for public schools, outdoor activities, health and fitness, and nightlife.

It seems a C+ diversity rating (based on ethnic and economic diversity) and a restrictive $1.2 million median home value may have cost Cold Spring Harbor the top spot.

No. 3 Stony Brook, No. 4 Poquott and No. 5 Centerport round out the top five on the list.

Seven of the top 10 are located on the North Shore, with tony and tiny Head of the Harbor (population: 1,500) being listed at No. 6, followed by No. 7 Port Jefferson, No. 8 Huntington Bay, No. 9 West Hills and No. 10 Greenlawn.

Click here to see Niche’s entire list of Best Places to Live in Suffolk County

Niche says it culls data from such sources as the U.S. Census, FBI, Bureau of Labor Statistics and CDC, and combines it with millions of resident reviews to create its annual Best Places to Live rankings. The company says it considers affordability, the local housing market, neighborhood diversity, area public schools and walkability, among other factors.

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Top photo: Scene from Half Hollows East High School homecoming game in 2022. (Source: Facebook/Half Hollow Hills Central School District)