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 91.13% 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 (15.44%), sales jobs (14.27%), and teaching (12.24%).
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 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.
Merrick 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, Merrick’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
In Merrick, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 36.81 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.
For the size of the town, public transportation in Merrick is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Merrick, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
If knowledge is power, Merrick is a pretty powerful place. 60.45% of the adults in Merrick have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Merrick in 2010 was $62,434, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $249,736 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.