Merrick, NY
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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 88.68% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Merrick is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Merrick who work in management occupations (14.02%), sales jobs (13.36%), and office and administrative support (13.17%).

In addition, Merrick is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

Because of many things, Merrick is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Merrick 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, Merrick has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

One downside of living in Merrick is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Merrick, the average commute to work is 35.08 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Merrick 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 Merrick area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Merrick, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Merrick is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 57.86% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Merrick in 2010 was $54,831, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $219,324 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 Irish, German, Russian, and Polish.

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