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. Much of the housing stock in Inwood was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.
Housing costs in Inwood are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in New York.
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 (16.16%), sales jobs (11.59%), and office and administrative support (9.95%).
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 30.78 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.
Despite being a small town, Inwood has a lot of people using the bus to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the bus are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.
The citizens of Inwood are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 14.82% of adults in Inwood have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree
The per capita income in Inwood in 2010 was $21,173, 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 $84,692 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 44.02% 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 (34.01%).
The most common language spoken in Inwood is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.