Merrick 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 22,405 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Merrick is the 75th largest community in New York.
Merrick home prices are not only among the most expensive in New York, but Merrick real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Merrick is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 91.86% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Merrick is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Merrick who work in management occupations (14.23%), sales jobs (13.65%), and teaching (12.68%).
Also of interest is that Merrick has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
In addition, Merrick is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.
Because of many things, Merrick is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Merrick really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Merrick perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
Merrick 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 Merrick, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 37.49 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.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Merrick use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Merrick‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Merrick. 61.68% 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 Merrick in 2018 was $65,174, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $260,696 for a family of four.
Merrick is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Merrick home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Merrick residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Merrick include Italian, Irish, German, Russian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Merrick is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.