Hartsdale, NY

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Living in Hartsdale

Hartsdale is a somewhat small town located in the state of New York. With a population of 5,540 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Hartsdale is the 308th largest community in New York.

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

Hartsdale is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 93.11% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Hartsdale is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Hartsdale who work in management occupations (13.26%), teaching (12.04%), and sales jobs (11.59%).

Of important note, Hartsdale is also a town of artists. Hartsdale has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Hartsdale’s character.

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

A relatively large number of people in Hartsdale telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.32% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

In addition, Hartsdale is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

In Hartsdale, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 35.78 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.

Even though Hartsdale is a smaller town, 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.

If knowledge is power, Hartsdale is a pretty powerful place. 69.15% of the adults in Hartsdale have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Hartsdale in 2010 was $59,169, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $236,676 for a family of four.

Hartsdale is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Hartsdale home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Hartsdale residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Hartsdale also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 16.89% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Hartsdale include Italian, Irish, German, Polish, and English.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Hartsdale's cultural character, accounting for 31.58% of the town’s population.

The most common language spoken in Hartsdale is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.