Great Neck, NY
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Great Neck 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 10,143 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Great Neck is the 187th largest community in New York.

Great Neck home prices are not only among the most expensive in New York, but Great Neck real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Great Neck is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 89.57% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Great Neck is a village of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Great Neck who work in sales jobs (19.84%), healthcare (12.52%), and office and administrative support (11.73%).

Also of interest is that Great Neck has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

In addition, Great Neck is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

Because of many things, Great Neck is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Great Neck a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The village’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Great Neck has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Great Neck’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

Great Neck 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 Great Neck, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.81 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, Great Neck 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.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Great Neck, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Great Neck is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 54.96% 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 Great Neck in 2010 was $38,988, 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 $155,952 for a family of four. However, Great Neck contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Great Neck is a somewhat ethnically-diverse village. The people who call Great Neck home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Great Neck residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Great Neck include Russian, Israeli, Polish, and Irish.

In addition, Great Neck has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (37.47%).

The most common language spoken in Great Neck is English. Other important languages spoken here include Persian and Hebrew.