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. East Hampton has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, 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 91.48% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, East Hampton is a village of sales and office workers, managers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in East Hampton who work in sales jobs (21.22%), management occupations (20.35%), and art, media, and design (8.17%).

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 8.47% 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 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.

It is a fairly quiet village because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) East Hampton has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. East Hampton has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in East Hampton than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, East Hampton may be for you.

East Hampton 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of East Hampton spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.84 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the village are less than they would otherwise be.

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

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in East Hampton. 63.41% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in East Hampton in 2010 was $111,439, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $445,756 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, Italian, Irish, and Scottish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of East Hampton's cultural character, accounting for 15.24% of the village’s population.

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

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