Katonah, NY
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Living in Katonah


Katonah is a very small town located in the state of New York. With a population of 1,735 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Katonah is the 629th largest community in New York. Much of the housing stock in Katonah was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.

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

Katonah is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 96.49% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Katonah is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Katonah who work in management occupations (21.38%), teaching (15.11%), and business and financial occupations (9.57%).

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

Also of interest is that Katonah 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: 16.35% 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, Katonah is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Katonah is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Katonah’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

In Katonah, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 35.84 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.

Despite being a small town, Katonah 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.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Katonah. 83.56% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Katonah in 2010 was $75,827, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $303,308 for a family of four.

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

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