Inwood, NY
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Inwood is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New York. With a population of 9,928 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Inwood is the 190th largest community in New York. Inwood has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns.

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

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Inwood is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Inwood is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Inwood who work in maintenance occupations (16.12%), sales jobs (10.41%), and office and administrative support (8.64%).

Inwood 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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

One downside of living in Inwood is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Inwood, the average commute to work is 31.65 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly town. Many of Inwood’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

Even though Inwood is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

In terms of college education, the citizens of Inwood rank slightly lower than the national average. 16.45% of adults 25 and older in Inwood have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.

The per capita income in Inwood in 2010 was $19,647, which is low income relative to New York, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $78,588 for a family of four. However, Inwood contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Inwood is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Inwood home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Inwood, accounting for 47.26% of the town’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Inwood residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Inwood include Irish, German, Trinidadian and Tobagonian, and Jamaican.

In addition, Inwood has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (36.45%).

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