East Rockaway is a somewhat small coastal village (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New York. With a population of 9,894 people and two constituent neighborhoods, East Rockaway is the 189th largest community in New York.
East Rockaway home prices are not only among the most expensive in New York, but East Rockaway real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
East Rockaway is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, East Rockaway is a village of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in East Rockaway who work in office and administrative support (15.21%), management occupations (12.63%), and teaching (10.35%).
In addition, East Rockaway 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 Rockaway 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.
One downside of living in East Rockaway, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.67 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly village. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
Despite being a small village, East Rockaway has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.
The citizens of East Rockaway are among the most well-educated in the nation: 42.59% of adults in East Rockaway have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in East Rockaway in 2010 was $45,021, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $180,084 for a family of four.
The people who call East Rockaway home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of East Rockaway residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. East Rockaway also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.42% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in East Rockaway include Italian, German, Eastern European, and Russian.
The most common language spoken in East Rockaway is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.