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". 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 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.

In Merrick, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 35.08 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.

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.