Mount Vernon is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New York. With a population of 68,628 people and 20 constituent neighborhoods, Mount Vernon is the 12th largest community in New York. Mount Vernon has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.
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, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Mount Vernon who work in office and administrative support (14.88%), management occupations (7.98%), and sales jobs (7.72%).
One downside of living in Mount Vernon is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Mount Vernon, the average commute to work is 33.85 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of Mount Vernon’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Mount Vernon use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Mount Vernon‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
The overall education level of Mount Vernon is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 27.76% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Mount Vernon in 2010 was $27,378, 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 $109,512 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 15.16% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Mount Vernon include Italian, Irish, Haitian, and Brazilian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Mount Vernon's cultural character, accounting for 33.90% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Mount Vernon is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.