Mount Vernon, NY
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Living in Mount Vernon


Mount Vernon is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New York. With a population of 67,345 people and 20 constituent neighborhoods, Mount Vernon is the 12th largest community in New York. Much of the housing stock in Mount Vernon was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Housing costs in Mount Vernon are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in New York.

Mount Vernon is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Mount Vernon is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Mount Vernon who work in office and administrative support (12.35%), sales jobs (8.57%), and healthcare suport services (8.50%).

One thing noticeable about Mount Vernon, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Mount Vernon is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Mount Vernon a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

One downside of living in Mount Vernon, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 35.55 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, 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.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Mount Vernon is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Mount Vernon, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

In terms of college education, Mount Vernon is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 29.17% of adults in Mount Vernon have a college degree.

The per capita income in Mount Vernon in 2018 was $33,112, which is middle income relative to New York, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $132,448 for a family of four. However, Mount Vernon contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Mount Vernon is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Mount Vernon home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Mount Vernon residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Mount Vernon also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 16.17% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Mount Vernon include Jamaican, Italian, Irish, German, and African.

In addition, Mount Vernon has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (31.46%).

The most common language spoken in Mount Vernon is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.