Westhampton Beach is a very small coastal village (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New York. With a population of 1,763 people and just one neighborhood, Westhampton Beach is the 619th largest community in New York.
Real Estate Prices
Westhampton Beach home prices are not only among the most expensive in New York, but Westhampton Beach real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Occupations and Workforce
Westhampton Beach is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 85.12% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Westhampton Beach is a village of professionals, sales and office workers and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Westhampton Beach who work in management occupations (13.15%), sales jobs (10.98%) and office and administrative support (9.25%).
And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Westhampton Beach has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.
Of important note, Westhampton Beach is also a village of artists. Westhampton Beach has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Westhampton Beach’s character.
Also of interest is that Westhampton Beach has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Setting & Lifestyle
Another notable thing is that Westhampton Beach is an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the village experiences a large influx of people who take up residence in second homes they own in the area. As the vacation season ends, the population drops again, leaving behind a substantially quieter and smaller village.
In addition, Westhampton Beach is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.
One of the nice things about Westhampton Beach is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
One downside of living in Westhampton Beach, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.30 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
Even though Westhampton Beach is a smaller village, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.