Report: Albion and Medina among top 20 best small towns in NY

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 21 May 2015 at 4:26 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers – Main Street in Medina is pictured this afternoon with a banner, American flag and hanging basket. Medina is ranked No. 18 in a report of best towns to raise a family in New York.

The Medina and Albion communities both are in the top 20 of best towns to raise a family in New York, according to a report from Niche.

Niche has an on-line database that determines the ranking, using public education, safety, housing, community involvement and access to family necessities including grocery stores and libraries. Those factors measure how good an area is for families, Niche states.

Medina was ranked 18th overall of the best towns, which doesn’t include suburbs and cities with more than 100,000 people. Albion was ranked 20th.

Mount Hope Town in Orange County was the top ranked community in New York. East Aurora, at No. 3, was the highest ranked in Western New York with Geneseo at No. 5, Fredonia at No. 8 and Batavia at No. 17.

To see the report and the data on Medina and Albion, click here.

File photo by Peggy Barringer – Peggy Barringer took this photo on Jan. 15, 2014, of the moon looming over the Orleans County Courthouse and the County Clerks Building in Albion. Courthouse Square is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.