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Old 08-08-2020, 07:43 PM
 
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My family and I are thinking about relocating there from NYC. I want to be in a suburban area now. We aren’t the partying, drinking type so I don’t care about nightlife but I would like some diversity. As far as income we are 120k and we would rent for now. We are pretty open to any area upstate NY really but I want to avoid a high crime area. Any suggestions would be helpful.
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Old 08-09-2020, 09:36 AM
 
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Sounds like Saratoga Springs would be a good area for you guys then, provided you live within your means depending on the size of your family. 120K for a family of like 6 isn't much in Saratoga Springs but if it's 2 adults and 2 kids you'll be comfortable.

Crime's pretty minimal in Saratoga Springs compared to surrounding areas. You're not going to have to worry about shootings or crazy stuff like that. I know you said nightlife isn't your thing, but there are plenty of venues in Saratoga Springs if you want that type of thing every now and then.

If you want to live GOOD on 120K and want to have a good public school system and don't mind a more rural area, look into Schuylerville. It's like 15-20 mins to Saratoga Springs. You can get a house there for like half of what you'd pay in Saratoga Springs. It's a SMALL town, but convenient to downtown Saratoga Springs and everything you'd need if you don't mind driving more than you probably do now in the city. Only downside to Schuylerville is it's a bit less diverse demographic-wise.

Ballston Spa could be a good option too.
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Old 08-09-2020, 12:50 PM
 
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How did you decide on Saratoga Springs? Depends on what you want, real estate is most expensive there and people who move there want to take advantage of the Downtown restaurant/bar scene. Everyone else from around the Capital District just go and visit from time to time.

Depends on what you want? If you want suburban school district look at Ballston Spa which has grown and become more diverse thanks to the chip fab plant built there 12 years ago; Clifton Park has a large school district and is a commuting suburb to Albany but fairly diverse because of its central location. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake if you like smaller with good proximity to Saratoga, a 15-20 min drive tops but less diverse.
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Old 08-10-2020, 01:09 PM
 
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My family and I are thinking about relocating there from NYC. I want to be in a suburban area now. We aren’t the partying, drinking type so I don’t care about nightlife but I would like some diversity. As far as income we are 120k and we would rent for now. We are pretty open to any area upstate NY really but I want to avoid a high crime area. Any suggestions would be helpful.
Given what you've said, you may like parts of towns like Niskayuna, Colonie or Guilderland, which have parts that have some visible degree of culturally diversity. If you look at school demographics, that gives you some idea of what I'm referring to. Niskayuna: https://data.nysed.gov/profile.php?instid=800000038458

South Colonie: https://data.nysed.gov/profile.php?instid=800000055401

North Colonie: https://data.nysed.gov/profile.php?instid=800000061851

Guilderland: https://data.nysed.gov/profile.php?instid=800000055306

Menands, which is a village within the town of Colonie and just north of Albany, may be another place to look into. It has a good and very diverse K-8th grade SD and for high school, they have 5 options(Shaker HS in the North Colonie SD is the "best" option). https://data.census.gov/cedsci/profi...00000US3646536
https://data.nysed.gov/profile.php?instid=800000055345
https://www.menands.org/about-us/
http://villageofmenands.com/
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Old 08-13-2020, 04:56 AM
 
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Saratoga Springs is a great small city! Don't be turned off by all the restaurants and bars and nightlife: it is mostly contained to the immediate downtown, and you can partake or avoid it. I have lived very close to the center of it all, Caroline Street, and it does get busy and loud, particularly in the summer, but a few blocks away you can be walking in beautiful Congress Park. If you like outdoor activities there is Saratoga Lake, the Greenbelt Trail all around town, and you can be in the Adirondacks 20 minutes up the Northway. Schools are great. Crime is low. Prices for real estate are high, but there are occasionally deals and the nearby town of Wilton is less expensive. Ballston Spa is also a good choice. Schuylerville is a beautiful town, but much sleepier than Saratoga. Saratoga County is one of the fastest growing in New York State for a reason. There is some diversity, but not a lot. People are open to all, but there aren't large numbers of people from diverse backgrounds. There is one middle school and one high school, so your kids would see some diverse faces.
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