Long Island: Easy Place to Live?

The New York Times composed a map ranking the hardest and easiest counties in which to live in the United States.

In assembling these rankings, the Times examined the percentage of residents holding a bachelor’s degree or higher, median household income, unemployment rate, disability rate, life expectancy and obesity. 

Long Island fared well overall, though apparently Nassau is an easier county to live in than Suffolk. 

Here’s how Long Island fared:

Nassau County

  • Overall rank 63 out of 3,135
  • Median Income $97,049
  • College education 41.4 percent
  • Unemployment 7. percent
  • Disability .5 percent
  • Life expectancy 81.6 years
  • Obesity: 30 percent

Suffolk County

  • Overall rank 208 out of 3,135
  • Median Income: $87,778
  • College education 32.6 percent
  • Unemployment 7.6 percent 
  • Disability .7 percent 
  • Life expectancy 80.2 years
  • Obesity: 33 percent

Do you think Long Island is an easy place to live? Why or why not? Tell us in the comments.

Lynn Borowski June 30, 2014 at 11:55 PM
I find it hard to believe the median incomes quoted in the article. Unemployment rate is certainly not good either. I have lived here all my life. It sure has changed for the worse, but I know young people will just say that that is what all "old" people say. I admit I would like to escape the traffic (getting off the "island" is a nightmare) and the cost of living. But, I love my friends. They are a treasure.
Linda July 01, 2014 at 09:53 AM
So maybe someone should set the NY times straight on what it's really like to live on Long Island!
Lorrie Williams July 02, 2014 at 12:11 AM
I moved to Florida when the Taxes on an average home raised to the price of what Mr Levit sold his new homes for in Levittown for for service men coming home from abroad.
oldfed July 09, 2014 at 11:31 AM
Yep, most of my points were made by other posters, 'cause my 'puter crashed. Oh well....But the dumb parents who keep voting for higher school taxes, then complain that their kids can't return to Suffolk County are the worst! Said it before, will say it again: Child-free couples only pay 1/2 property taxes, seniors over 65 pay NO MORE SCHOOL TAXES to educate someone else's kids. School is only suspended for one month in the summer, as the kids lose much of the Spring semester info. over the summer, and they aren't helping bring in the crops these days. Oh yeah, and knock out all BS breaks, winter, spring, whatever. Why should teachers get paid for a full year when most of them only work about six months? THESE SUGGESTIONS MIGHT HELP...
Robert Demarco July 20, 2014 at 05:59 PM
I agree with your principle, GM, but the union model for that time was the business model for most businesses of that era. While other businesses have evolved, for better or worse, between then and the present, unions, particularly public employee unions, are stuck in a time warp. Private businesses have closed shop because they cannot accede to union demands, but public unions, with the help of self-serving politicians, continue to pick the pockets of taxpayers.


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