10 Best Places to Live In New York

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7) The Finger Lakes

Imagine rolling hills, parted by beautiful blue lakes, all part of an idyllic countryside populated by small towns and wineries. That is the Finger Lakes region of New York. Believe it or not, New York is the United States’ second largest producer of wine, by volume. Most of these sales are made to local individuals and restaurants or tourists. It’s not just the abundance of wine that makes the Finger Lakes a great place to live. The arts have a strong presence here and there are a good number of museums to visit. Cornell University and Ithaca College are great choices, for those seeking higher education. There are several state parks for hiking and other outdoor activities. With eleven lakes to choose from, it’s a good bet that the fish will be biting somewhere.