Islip, NY
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Islip 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 18,757 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Islip is the 99th largest community in New York.

Housing costs in Islip 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, Islip isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Islip are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Islip is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Islip who work in office and administrative support (16.10%), sales jobs (11.08%), and management occupations (9.68%).

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

Because of many things, Islip is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Islip 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, Islip has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Islip’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

Islip 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 Islip is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Islip, the average commute to work is 30.39 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.

Despite being a small town, Islip 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.

The overall education level of Islip citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 32.66% of adults in Islip have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Islip in 2010 was $40,483, 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 $161,932 for a family of four.

Islip is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Islip home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Islip residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Islip also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 17.01% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Islip include Irish, German, English, and Polish.

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