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 a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 86.21% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, East Rockaway is a village of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in East Rockaway who work in office and administrative support (15.38%), sales jobs (11.22%), and management occupations (11.15%).
Of important note, East Rockaway is also a village of artists. East Rockaway has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape East Rockaway’s character.
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.
One of the nice things about East Rockaway is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
In East Rockaway, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.39 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. In addition, the village is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.
Even though East Rockaway is a smaller village, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.
The education level of East Rockaway ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in East Rockaway, 44.45% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in East Rockaway in 2010 was $47,223, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $188,892 for a family of four.
East Rockaway is a somewhat ethnically-diverse village. 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 13.67% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in East Rockaway include Irish, German, Eastern European, and English.
The most common language spoken in East Rockaway is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.