Clay rated 59th best place to live in US
Money magazine ranked the town based on home prices, commute time and safety.

Tom Leo Staff writer

The Post-Standard

The secret is out, said Clay Supervisor Jim Rowley. Money magazine has named the town of Clay the 59th best small city or metropolitan area to live in the United States. The top 100 list is published in the magazine's August issue and also is available on

"It confirms what I've always believed about the town of Clay," Rowley said. "It's a great place to work, live and raise a family.

"I was born and bred in Clay and, certainly, have raised my kids here. It's a great place to grow up. There's plenty to do, and the schools are good."

About Clay, the magazine said:

"A small city in the central part of the state, Clay offers respite from typical New York urban hassles with sprawling flatlands and big blue skies.

"Low home prices and safe streets make Clay even more attractive. It is also bordered by the Oneida and Seneca rivers -- both havens for would-be fishermen.

"One caveat: Those who make their home here have to be prepared for long, icy winters."

Criteria for the list included cities or metropolitan areas with populations between 50,000 and 300,000.

The No. 1 place to live, according to the list, is Plymouth, Minn., followed by Fort Collins, Colo., Naperville, Ill., Irvine, Calif., and Franklin Township, N.J.

Reporters from Money magazine surveyed 700 cities or metropolitan areas in the population range, a company representative said. A market research company compiled statistics, such as median income, job growth, housing, education, quality of life, weather and health.

Clay ranked above average in median home price ($124,000), education, with academic test scores in reading and math, and quality of life, which included air quality and commute time.

"I'm just thrilled," Rowley said. "It's great news for Clay."