TARRYTOWN, NY — This is one heck of a report card. Niche has come out with its new 2017 rankings of the “Best Places to Live” in New York, but it took a bit of a unique approach: The consumer rankings service assigned a grade, on an A+ to D- scale, to almost every city and town and many neighborhoods around the Empire state.

In the Hudson Valley, 24 of our Patch communities received A+ grades. Only four received a grade less than a B-. One of the fascinating things is that in many cases, Niche actually separated out villages, cities or neighborhoods from their surrounding towns.