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 a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Beacon is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 (12.52%), management occupations (9.39%), and sales jobs (7.46%).
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.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.58% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
One downside of living in Beacon, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 35.15 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 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 education level of Beacon citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 35.00% of adults in Beacon have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Beacon in 2010 was $37,355, 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 $149,420 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 19.68% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Beacon include Irish, Italian, German, English, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Beacon is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.