Top 5 Westchester Towns with the Shortest Commute and Best Schools in 2020

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Updated: January 2020. Who doesn’t want it all?  Short Commute and Good Schools.  Good schools are one of the top reasons why people move out to the suburbs.  However, moving to the suburbs usually means longer commute times.  I have taken ranking reports and Metro-North commute times to determine which Westchester municipalities have the best schools and best commute.  Here are the Top 5 Westchester Towns with the Shortest Commute and Best Schools.

Best Schools Districts in Westchester County

According to Niche.com’s ranking of 2020 Best School Districts in Westchester County, these are the top 10 best performing school districts in Westchester County.

  1. Scarsdale Union Free School District
  2. Bronxville Union Free School District
  3. Chappaqua Central School District
  4. Byram Hills Central School District
  5. Edgemont Union Free School District
  6. Rye City School District
  7. Rye Neck Union Free School District
  8. Pelham Union Free School District
  9. Katonah Lewisboro Union Free School District
  10. Briarcliff Manor Union Free School District

Best Westchester School Districts with Shortest Commute to NYC

Here are the Westchester towns with the shortest commute and best schools.

1. Scarsdale Union Free School District

Scarsdale has it all- it is ranked the #1 Niche.com Best School District in Westchester County and has one of the shortest commute times. The Metro-North commute from Scarsdale to Grand Central is 34 minutes.

2. Bronxville Union Free School District

Bronxville is also a top choice if you are looking for a top-ranking school district and short commute. Bronxville Union Free School District is ranked #2 in Niche.com Best School District in Westchester County and has the shortest Metro-North commute of 31 minutes from Bronxville to Grand Central.

3. Edgemont Union Free School District

Edgemont Union Free School District ranking in 2020 has dropped from #1 in 2019 Niche.com Best School District in Westchester County to #5 in 2020 Niche.com Best School District in Westchester County. Nevertheless, it is still a top choice in Westchester if you are looking for great schools and short commute to NYC. Homes in Edgemont are part of Greenburgh and residents can either take the train from the Scarsdale station or Hartsdale station.  The Metro-North commute from Scarsdale to Grand Central is 34 minutes and the commute from Hartsdale to Grand Central is 37 minutes.

4. Pelham Union Free School District

Pelham Union Free School District is a newcomer to join the Top 10 Niche.com 2020 Best School District In Westchester Ranking. Pelham used to be ranked #12 in the 2019 Niche.com Best School District in Westchester County and in 2020 Pelham has moved up to #8 Best School District in Westchester County. Pelham is a great choice if you are looking for a top-ranking school district and short commute to NYC. The Metro-North commute is only 33 minutes from Pelham to Grand Central.

5. Rye Neck Union Free School District and Rye City School District

Rye Neck Union Free School District and Rye City School District are tie for 5th place. Rye Neck Union Free School District is ranked #7 in 2020 Niche.com Best School District in Westchester County and Rye City School District is ranked #6 in 2020 Niche.com Best School District in Westchester County. Residents with homes districted in Rye Neck Union Free School District come from Rye or Mamaroneck so they can either take the Rye or Mamaroneck Metro-North stations and Rye City School District residents will take the train from the Rye Metro-North Station. The Rye Metro-North station and Mamaroneck Metro-North station are 2 stops away from each other with the commute from Mamaroneck to Grand Central at 40 minutes and Rye to Grand Central at 44 minutes.

If good school districts and short commutes are a must for you then I’d focus my home search within these 6 school districts.

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Top 10 Westchester School Districts and Commute Times to NYC

School DistrictNiche.com 2020 Best School Districts in Westchester County RankingMetro-North Train to Midtown Manhattan (Minutes)
Scarsdale Union Free School District134 Minutes from Scarsdale Station
Bronxville Union Free School District231 Minutes from Bronxville Station
Chappaqua Central School District353 Minutes from Chappaqua Station
Byram Hills Central School District443 Minutes from North White Plains Station
Edgemont Union Free School District537 Minutes from Hartsdale Station
Rye City School District644 Minutes from Rye Station
Rye Neck Union Free School District740 Minutes from Mamaroneck Station
Pelham Union Free School District833 Minutes from Pelham Station
Katonah Lewisboro Union Free School District971 Minutes from Katonah Station
Briarcliff Manor Union Free School District1052 Minutes from Scarborough Station

Source: Niche.com 2020 Best School District In Westchester Ranking and Metro-North Schedule

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