Chappaqua, NY
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Chappaqua is a very small town located in the state of New York. With a population of 1,469 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Chappaqua is the 655th largest community in New York. Much of the housing stock in Chappaqua was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.

Chappaqua home prices are not only among the most expensive in New York, but Chappaqua real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Chappaqua is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 97.16% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Chappaqua is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Chappaqua who work in sales jobs (15.07%), teaching (13.88%), and food service (11.19%).

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

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.91% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.

In addition, Chappaqua is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

Because of many things, Chappaqua is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Chappaqua a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Chappaqua has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Chappaqua’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

One downside of living in Chappaqua, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 34.65 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 Chappaqua is a smaller town, 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.

If knowledge is power, Chappaqua is a pretty powerful place. 83.26% of the adults in Chappaqua have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Chappaqua in 2010 was $58,165, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $232,660 for a family of four.

Chappaqua is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Chappaqua home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Chappaqua residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Chappaqua include Irish, German, French , and Russian.

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