We already knew Oyster Bay and Huntington were pretty great, but this week Money Magazine has made it official. The two Long Island towns made the publication’s annual list of top 50 places to live in the United States.
Oyster Bay came in at No. 34 and Huntington No. 39.
The two towns offer residents the best of both worlds: they’re about 90 minutes from the City and within a stone’s throw of the water. But Money was particularly drawn to each town’s history of success.
Oyster Bay has had some famous residents over the years. Billy Joel, arguably Long Island’s favorite son, has called the place home and Theodore Roosevelt vacationed there during his presidency. Roosevelt’s summer White House, Sagamore Hill, is now a museum that draws locals and tourists alike. These days, the area is growing economically—Money predicts the town’s job market will increase by 4.3 percent over the next five years.
Long Islanders know Huntington, the birthplace of Walt Whitman, as a culinary hub. Tourists are drawn to the area for its pristine waterfront views and historical mansions like Oheka Castle, which has been used as a backdrop for movies like Citizen Kane and shows like Royal Pains.
Money annually creates a list of best places to live based on 60 factors, including taxes, education and health care.
Tell us: Why do you love Huntington and Oyster Bay?