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 sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Beacon who work in office and administrative support (14.83%), management occupations (11.19%), and sales jobs (10.18%).

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.

One downside of living in Beacon, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 33.87 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.

Despite being a small city, Beacon has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

The education level of Beacon citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.45% of adults in Beacon have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Beacon in 2010 was $29,512, which is middle income relative to New York, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $118,048 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 20.23% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Beacon include Italian, German, English, and French .

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