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. Mount Vernon has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, 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.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Mount Vernon is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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.
In Mount Vernon, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 35.55 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. In addition, the city is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.
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.