Montauk is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New York. With a population of 3,394 people and just one neighborhood, Montauk is the 436th largest community in New York.
Real Estate Prices
Montauk home prices are not only among the most expensive in New York, but Montauk real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Occupations and Workforce
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Montauk is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Montauk is a town of sales and office workers, service providers and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Montauk who work in sales jobs (15.26%), office and administrative support (13.18%) and food service (12.45%).
Also of interest is that Montauk has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 10.19% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Setting & Lifestyle
Another notable thing is that Montauk is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the town’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.
It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Montauk has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Montauk has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Montauk than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Montauk may be for you.
Montauk 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 Montauk, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Montauk is a relatively small town. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.