Within a close proximity to New York City, Yorktown Heights rivals the Big Apple with its own arts and cultural attractions as well as a wide array of outdoor recreation options.
Climate & Geography
Yorktown Heights is located in Eastern New York in the Carmel area. Residents of Yorktown Heights experience summers that are warm and wet while winters are freezing. The city receives more snow and rainfall than the national average.
Yorktown Heights is situated among rolling hills, farmland, residential areas, and woodland. There are three prominent bodies of water to the northwest, northeast, and south: Mohansic Lake, Amawalk Reservoir, and New Croton Reservoir, respectively. It is also just east of the Hudson River and north of the Long Island Sound.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Throughout the year, Wilkens Fruit and Fir Farm is a U-Pick farm of peaches, apples, pumpkins, Christmas trees, and more. For outdoor recreation, residents of Yorktown Heights can enjoy three preserves, two parks, a nature reservation, and garden, including Turkey Mountain Nature Preserve and Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park. These natural parks cover 42.6 miles and over 1,000 acres for recreation.
Yorktown Stage puts on a variety of live hit Broadway musicals and productions, including The Little Mermaid, Pinocchio, and The Lion King. Nearby, retirees can visit Katonah Art Center, the Fall Harvest Artisan Craft Fair, Paramount Hudson Valley, and The Jane E. Lytle Memorial Croton Arboretum for more art and entertainment options.
Manhattan is located about an hour from Yorktown Heights and allows for the perfect day trip opportunity for diverse recreation and culture in the city.
Cost of Living & Taxes
Although New York isn’t considered a very tax-friendly state for retirees, there are some property tax breaks available when certain requirements are met. Social Security benefits, military retirement pay, federal and New York government pensions are exempt. Private retirement plans over $20,000 or out-of-state government plans are taxed.
The cost of living in Yorktown Heights is higher than the state and national average. Housing is the main factor of cost of living difference. There is a 8.375 percent sales tax in Yorktown Heights.
There are two hospitals within a 30-minute drive of Yorktown Heights that are rated high performing by U.S. News: Northern Westchester Hospital and New York-Presbyterian-Hudson Valley Hospital.