High Quality of Life

In Warren County, New York, affordably priced housing, excellent educational resources, and abundant recreation and cultural sites contribute to an exceptional quality of life.

The county’s population of 65,000 people enjoys diverse communities, ranging from the small city/suburban environment of Glens Falls and Queensbury in the southern part of the county to the rural towns and villages in the Adirondack Park to the north.

A large amount of Warren County’s land mass lies within the Adirondack Park’s “blue line” boundary and features access to an abundance of all-season, outdoor recreational activities. Lake George draws visitors from all over the world. There are a plethora of festivals, tournaments and cultural celebrations that take place annually including the Adirondack Balloon Festival, Americade, LARAC, NYS Boys Basketball Tournament, Adirondack Film Festival and many more that draw visitors to our region.

Fans pack the Glens Falls Civic Center to watch Jimmer Fredette and the BYU Cougars take on UVM Wednesday evening. ED BURKE/The Saratogian)

The City of Glens Falls, located at the southern end of the county, is home to a number of museums, such as the world-renowned Hyde Collection and the World Awareness Children’s Museum. A bustling city center features a variety of dining and entertainment options, as well as two popular microbreweries. The city has a number of parks, an outstanding library, a professional symphony, and the Charles R. Wood Theater, which hosts the Adirondack Theater Festival and other performances. The Cool Insuring Arena (formerly Glens Falls Civic Center) is home to the Adirondack Thunder, the ECHL professional minor league hockey team.

To the south there are more world class attractions located in both Saratoga Springs, NY (15 miles south) and the  Albany, Schenectady and Troy area (45 miles south) located along I-87 corridor. In Saratoga, there are well known venues and attractions such as The Saratoga Performing Arts Center,  Saratoga National Golf Course, Saratoga Battlefield and the world renowned Saratoga Racecourse which hosts thoroughbred horse racing meet from all over the world in July and August.

A February 2014 Huffington Post article described various aspects of the upstate New York lifestyle, mentioning the Adirondack mountains and recreation as key advantages:

What Upstate New York Can Teach The Rest Of The Country About Living Well

Location & Climate


Warren County, New York, is located in the eastern region of New York State.

Warren County offers easy access to all major cities in the Northeast. Located roughly equidistant to New York City, Boston, and Montreal, Warren County is situated in the heart of New York State’s Capital Region/Hudson Valley tech hub – now recognized as one of the nation’s premier science and technology corridors.

In addition, the county’s four seasons and wide-ranging geography allow residents and visitors to experience a variety of recreational and cultural activities. Warren County’s location in the southern Adirondacks provides access to unlimited outdoor activities and breathtaking scenic vistas.


According to data reported by The Weather Channel, for Glens Falls, New York:


January is the average coolest month; July is the average warmest month.

January average high: 29 degrees F
January average low: 8 degrees F
January mean: 19 degrees F

July average high: 81 degrees F
July average low: 57 degrees F
July mean: 69 degrees F


January average: 2.86 inches
July average low: 4.09 inches

Warren County has Lower Cost of Living than Other Capital Region Locations

Favorable Cost of Living Indices

Comparing popular regions of Tech Valley in upstate New York, the Glens Falls MSA has a lower cost of living index than the Albany-Schenectady-Troy MSA, according to reports on FindTheData.org.

Overall Housing Taxes

Glens Falls (NY) MSA




Albany-Schenectady-Troy (NY) MSA 120 106 159
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH MSA 144 168 231
New York, NY MSA 144 168 266
Nassau-Suffolk, NY MSA 155 210 265
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD MSA 148 177 255
Danbury, CT MSA 140 180 223
Stamford-Norwalk, CT MSA 152 222 257

Favorable Housing Costs

The most recent statistics by the National Association of Realtors show the median sales price of existing family homes in the Glens Falls MSA to be significantly lower than in the Albany-Schenectady-Troy MSA.  Indicates that living in Warren County, on the northern edge of the greater Capital Region, has significant financial advantages for primary residence housing. There is a wide variety of housing stock to choose from including downtown city living, tree lined streets, suburban neighborhoods, lake homes, mountain and hamlet housing and more. There are a large amount of second homes in the northern rural towns especially near lakes and mountains.