Quality of Life

Binghamton/Broome County

Binghamton is a welcoming small city located in upstate New York at the center of the region’s magnificent Southern Tier. The Greater Binghamton metropolitan area (also known as the Triple Cities) encompasses Binghamton, Johnson City and Endicott, as well as both Broome and Tioga counties. Together, their combined population is more than 251,000. Here living costs are about 13% lower than the national average. The area is also a great place for families with an excellent selection of affordable homes in downtown, suburban and rural settings. There are good public and private schools as well—plus SUNY Broome Community College and Binghamton University.

Nightlife and cultural activities are top-notch, featuring local clubs, craft breweries, restaurants and award-winning wineries in the nearby Finger Lakes region. Every “First Friday” celebrates local artists and there are frequent festivals for music and food. Be sure to sample a delicious spiedie sandwich! Binghamton also boasts semi-pro baseball and hockey teams, great theater, its own zoo and beautiful hand-carved antique carousels. Love the outdoors? The area offers downhill and cross-country skiing, golf, fun trails to hike or bike, and much more. Reliable public transit, a regional airport and major highway systems make commuting or traveling easy. Major cities, including New York, Boston, Albany, Hartford and Philadelphia, are all within a few hours' drive.

Walton/Delaware County

Nestled in the western foothills of the Catskill Mountains, Walton offers excellent schools and the best of small-town living amid beautiful natural surroundings. Enjoy fly fishing, canoe and kayak adventures, hiking, mountain biking and skiing. The town features a classic movie theater, good restaurants and local arts and crafts, plus nearby breweries, wineries and museums. And, the Meredith Dairy Fest and Delaware County Fair are favorites for all ages.

Norwich/Chenango County

Norwich is the county seat and home to about 7,000 residents. The area offers much to see and do, including the annual Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival, antique shows and the historic Earlville Opera House, as well as a classic car museum and old-time movie theater. Go boating, river rafting or kayaking. Watch pro motocross at Unadilla racetrack. Enjoy good food at many local restaurants or a wee dram of scotch at the Blarney Stone Pub. Here too, are welcoming neighborhoods, a great selection of homes and highly rated public and private schools for growing families.

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