Huntington, NY
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Huntington is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New York. With a population of 18,176 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, Huntington is the 104th largest community in New York.

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

Huntington is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 90.13% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Huntington is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Huntington who work in management occupations (19.57%), teaching (13.07%), and sales jobs (10.06%).

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

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

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.02% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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, Huntington 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, Huntington is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Huntington 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 town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Huntington has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Huntington’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

Huntington 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.

In Huntington, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 34.02 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 Huntington 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, Huntington is a pretty powerful place. 62.38% of the adults in Huntington 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 Huntington in 2010 was $62,445, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $249,780 for a family of four.

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

The most common language spoken in Huntington is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.