Beacon, NY

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Living in Beacon

Beacon is a medium-sized city located in the state of New York. With a population of 14,523 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Beacon is the 122nd largest community in New York. Beacon has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Unlike some cities, Beacon isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Beacon are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Beacon is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Beacon who work in office and administrative support (14.69%), management occupations (11.29%), and sales jobs (7.21%).

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.

In Beacon, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.60 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.

Even though Beacon is a smaller city, 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.

The population of Beacon is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 34.23% of adults in Beacon have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Beacon in 2010 was $34,955, which is upper middle income relative to New York, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $139,820 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 21.63% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Beacon include Italian, Irish, German, English, and Polish.

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