Medford, NY


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Medford is a medium-sized town located in the state of New York. With a population of 24,295 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Medford is the 67th largest community in New York.

Unlike some towns, Medford isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Medford are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Medford is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Medford who work in office and administrative support (14.61%), sales jobs (11.80%), and management occupations (7.87%).

One downside of living in Medford, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.50 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Medford is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Medford area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The population of Medford overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Medford, 23.99% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Medford in 2010 was $32,985, 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 $131,940 for a family of four. However, Medford contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Medford is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Medford home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Medford residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Medford also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 23.10% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Medford include Irish, German, Polish, and English.

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