Cold Spring Harbor is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New York. With a population of 5,106 people and just one neighborhood, Cold Spring Harbor is the 320th largest community in New York.
Real Estate Prices
Cold Spring Harbor home prices are not only among the most expensive in New York, but Cold Spring Harbor real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Occupations and Workforce
Cold Spring Harbor is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 94.47% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Cold Spring Harbor is a town of professionals, managers and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Cold Spring Harbor who work in management occupations (21.68%), sales jobs (13.34%) and office and administrative support (12.08%).
Also of interest is that Cold Spring Harbor has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Of important note, Cold Spring Harbor is also a town of artists. Cold Spring Harbor has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Cold Spring Harbor’s character.
A relatively large number of people in Cold Spring Harbor telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.58% 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.
Setting & Lifestyle
In addition, Cold Spring Harbor is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.
Because of many things, Cold Spring Harbor 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, Cold Spring Harbor really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Cold Spring Harbor 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.
Cold Spring Harbor is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
One downside of living in Cold Spring Harbor is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Cold Spring Harbor, the average commute to work is 32.65 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
Even though Cold Spring Harbor 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.