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 87.21% 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 (17.09%), sales jobs (11.66%), and teaching (10.28%).
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.
East Meadow 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 town’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 Meadow’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
One downside of living in East Meadow is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In East Meadow, the average commute to work is 31.18 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.
For the size of the town, public transportation in East Meadow is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For East Meadow, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
The education level of East Meadow citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 35.96% of adults in East Meadow have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in East Meadow in 2010 was $37,466, 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 $149,864 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 12.21% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in East Meadow include Irish, German, Polish, and Russian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of East Meadow's cultural character, accounting for 18.34% of the town’s population.
The most common language spoken in East Meadow is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Urdu.