Mount Vernon is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New York. With a population of 73,893 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 (12.71%), sales jobs (8.68%), and teaching (8.09%).
One thing that you will notice about Mount Vernon is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Mount Vernon a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.
In Mount Vernon, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 35.16 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.
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 bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
The education level of Mount Vernon citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.89% of adults in Mount Vernon have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Mount Vernon in 2018 was $34,604, 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 $138,416 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 17.40% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Mount Vernon include Jamaican, Italian, Irish, African, and German.
Mount Vernon also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 30.36%.
The most common language spoken in Mount Vernon is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.