East Meadow is a medium-sized town located in the state of New York. With a population of 38,663 people and six constituent neighborhoods, East Meadow is the 27th largest community in New York.
Housing costs in East Meadow are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in New York.
East Meadow is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 88.25% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, East Meadow is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in East Meadow who work in office and administrative support (17.65%), sales jobs (11.15%), and teaching (10.02%).
Also of interest is that East Meadow has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Because of many things, East Meadow 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, East Meadow really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is East Meadow 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 East Meadow, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.06 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.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, East Meadow is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the East Meadow area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
The education level of East Meadow citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 36.65% of adults in East Meadow have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in East Meadow in 2010 was $37,369, which is upper middle income relative to New York, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $149,476 for a family of four.
East Meadow is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call East Meadow home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of East Meadow residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. East Meadow also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 13.35% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in East Meadow include Irish, German, Polish, and Russian.
In addition, East Meadow has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (18.76%).
The most common language spoken in East Meadow is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Urdu.