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. Chappaqua has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns.

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 97.02% 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 managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Chappaqua who work in sales jobs (15.89%), teaching (14.90%), and business and financial occupations (9.93%).

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.

A relatively large number of people in Chappaqua telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.27% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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 people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Because of many things, Chappaqua is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Chappaqua really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Chappaqua perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

In Chappaqua, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.81 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.

In Chappaqua, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Chappaqua is a relatively small town. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

If knowledge is power, Chappaqua is a pretty powerful place. 80.40% 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 $52,866, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $211,464 for a family of four. However, Chappaqua contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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, French , German, and Russian.

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