Ridge, NY 55+ Active Adult Retirement Communities

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    Ridge is a quiet town in Suffolk County, New York, and a part of the Long Island region. Its prime location and relaxed communities have made it an attractive option for retirees. 

    Climate & Geography

    Ridge is a small town located in the southeast corner of New York. Ridge is home to four distinct seasons. Summers are sunny and warm, while winters bring plenty of snow and freezing temperatures. Residents can expect more rain than the national average, and about 200 sunny days a year. 

    Ridge is at the mouth of the Hudson River, so residents are within driving distance of many small bodies of water. It is also a part of the Long Island Pine Barrens Region, which is characterized by pine barrens and heavily forested areas. 

    Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment 

    Ridge is home to a variety of local restaurants, antique shops, and more. There are also farmers markets such as Helen’s Farm Stand and Cheese & Spice Market, where locals go to get fresh ingredients. Brook-Haven State Park offers many outdoor recreation opportunities such as fishing, camping, and hiking. 

    Ridge is a half hour drive from Long Island, a more densely populated city with a larger number of activities and amenities. 

    Cost of Living 

    The cost of living in Ridge is slightly higher than the national average, but is one of the more affordable cities in New York. The higher cost of living is due to the housing cost which is above the U.S median. 

    In New York, Social Security benefits, federal and New York government pensions, and military retirement pay are all exempt from taxation. Residents 65 and older may qualify to have their property taxes reduced by 50 percent, based on income requirements. The sales tax rate in New York is 4 percent and Ridge does add a 4.625 percent tax on that rate. 

    Health Care 

    There are six hospitals and medical centers within a 15 mile radius of Ridge. Three of these are highly rated by U.S News including John T. Mather Memorial Hospital, Stony Brook University Hospital, and Long Island Community Hospital. Stony Brook University Hospital is nationally ranked in orthopedics and ranked high performing in five adult specialties and four procedures. 

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