Beacon, NY
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Beacon is a medium-sized city located in the state of New York. With a population of 14,347 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Beacon is the 122nd largest community in New York. Beacon has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Beacon is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Beacon is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Beacon who work in office and administrative support (14.77%), management occupations (10.35%), and sales jobs (8.07%).

Of important note, Beacon is also a city of artists. Beacon has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Beacon’s character.

Also of interest is that Beacon has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

In Beacon, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.71 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

In Beacon, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Beacon is a relatively small city. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

The education level of Beacon citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.21% of adults in Beacon have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Beacon in 2010 was $31,615, which is upper middle income relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $126,460 for a family of four. However, Beacon contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Beacon is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Beacon home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Beacon residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Beacon also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 19.74% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Beacon include Italian, German, English, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Beacon is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Russian.