New York State is a great place to raise a family. New York ranked second - behind only California - in the number of gold-medal high schools. The publication, which collected and evaluated data on more than 21,000 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia, awarded 65 gold medals to public highs schools in New York California, meanwhile, California is home to 94. New York is a center of scientific research, particularly in medicine and the life sciences. Also, New York is home to hundreds of cultural institutions and historic sites, many of which are internationally known.