East Hampton, NY
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Living in East Hampton


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 1,517 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, East Hampton is the 678th 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.

Unlike some villages, East Hampton isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in East Hampton are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, East Hampton is a village of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in East Hampton who work in management occupations (19.84%), teaching (11.14%), and sales jobs (8.97%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 16.58% 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.

Another notable thing is that East Hampton is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the village’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially 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.

East Hampton is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The village’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, East Hampton’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

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.

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 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 66.41% 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 2018 was $114,613, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $458,452 for a family of four. However, East Hampton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

East Hampton is a very ethnically-diverse village. 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 Black or African-American. East Hampton also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 17.50% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in East Hampton include English, German, Irish, Scottish, and Russian.

In addition, East Hampton has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (21.52%).

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