East Hampton, NY
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East Hampton is a very small coastal village (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New York. With a population of 1,122 people and three constituent neighborhoods, East Hampton is the 716th largest community in New York. Much of the housing stock in East Hampton was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic villages in the country.

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

East Hampton is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 88.87% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, East Hampton is a village of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in East Hampton who work in sales jobs (18.83%), management occupations (17.00%), and art, media, and design (10.12%).

Of important note, East Hampton is also a village of artists. East Hampton has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape East Hampton’s character.

A relatively large number of people in East Hampton telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.82% 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.

Another notable thing is that East Hampton is a major vacation destination. Much of the village’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, East Hampton’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

In addition, East Hampton 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.

The village is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, East Hampton has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes East Hampton a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

One of the nice things about East Hampton is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

One of the benefits of East Hampton is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.10 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

Even though East Hampton is a smaller village, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly taxis for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to East Hampton, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. East Hampton is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 60.98% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in East Hampton in 2010 was $98,780, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $395,120 for a family of four.

The people who call East Hampton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of East Hampton residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in East Hampton include German, Irish, Italian, and French .

The most common language spoken in East Hampton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.

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