Looking for somewhere to live with a slower speed, but still want a high quality of life? These 4 small towns may offer you just what you're looking for. Far and Wide ranked the best 100 small towns in America with populations under 10,000.

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Anyone who’s enjoyed a quiet afternoon swinging on a front porch or hiking up colorful mountains knows America’s small towns are, in their own way, just as appealing. It’s here where you’ll find people who welcome you like family, in addition to some of the most astonishing landscapes in the U.S. While America's larger cities are definitely worth a visit (or multiple), this list focuses on lesser-known towns with 10,000 residents or fewer.

These 4 Small New York State Towns Are Among The Best To Live Or Visit

(The towns are ranked solely by populations)

90. Skaneateles, New York

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Population: 7,112

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Central New York's Finger Lakes provide numerous ways to enjoy the water, not to mention the dozens of wineries that spread across the landscape.

40. Lake Placid, New York

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Population: 2,269

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Why it's a great small town: This town in the Adirondacks was put on the world map when it hosted the 1980 Winter Olympic Games. Since then, snow-sports enthusiasts have flocked here in even greater numbers to enjoy cross-country skiing, hockey, ice skating and even dog-sledding. There are also numerous spas where you can relax and recover from the day’s activities and get away from the cold for a bit.

36. Cooperstown, New York

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Population: 1,769

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Why it’s a great small town: Set between forested hills and the clear Otsego Lake, Cooperstown is an unassuming little town in upstate New York. Its biggest draw is the Baseball Hall of Fame, but there is also the Fenimore Art Museum, which proudly displays its American Indian art collection.

11. Ellicottville, New York

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Population: 388

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Why it’s a great small town: Its population may not even reach 500, but this is exactly what makes Ellicottville perfect for overstressed New Yorkers. Don’t expect days full of doing nothing, though, as the two state forests and mountains that surround this town invite outdoor adventure. You can visit Allegheny National Forest to catch vibrant fall colors, take up skiing in the winter, hike numerous paths in the spring, and play at the summer adventure park when the weather is hot.

 

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