Central Islip, NY
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Central Islip is a medium-sized town located in the state of New York. With a population of 34,576 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Central Islip is the 30th largest community in New York.

Unlike some towns, Central Islip isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Central Islip are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Central Islip is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Central Islip who work in office and administrative support (13.69%), sales jobs (8.13%), and maintenance occupations (7.79%).

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Central Islip is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Central Islip area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

In terms of college education, the citizens of Central Islip rank slightly lower than the national average. 15.25% of adults 25 and older in Central Islip have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.

The per capita income in Central Islip in 2010 was $22,515, which is lower middle income relative to New York, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $90,060 for a family of four. However, Central Islip contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Central Islip is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Central Islip home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Central Islip, accounting for 49.34% of the town’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Central Islip residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Central Islip include Irish, German, Haitian, and Jamaican.

Central Islip also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 33.87%.

The most common language spoken in Central Islip is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and French Creole.