New Rochelle is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New York. With a population of 82,288 people and 18 constituent neighborhoods, New Rochelle is the 11th largest community in New York. New Rochelle has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.
New Rochelle home prices are not only among the most expensive in New York, but New Rochelle real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Of important note, New Rochelle is also a city of artists. New Rochelle has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape New Rochelle’s character.
Also of interest is that New Rochelle has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 11.27% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.
Another interesting thing about New Rochelle, despite not being a huge city, is that there is a relatively high proportion of people living here who are young, single, and upwardly-mobile professionals. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
One of the nice things about New Rochelle is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
One downside of living in New Rochelle, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.84 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.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in New Rochelle use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of New Rochelle‘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.
New Rochelle is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 46.74% of adults in New Rochelle have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.
The per capita income in New Rochelle in 2018 was $54,097, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $216,388 for a family of four. However, New Rochelle contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
New Rochelle is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call New Rochelle home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of New Rochelle residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. New Rochelle also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 29.90% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in New Rochelle include Italian, Irish, German, Jamaican, and English.
New Rochelle also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 29.38%.
The most common language spoken in New Rochelle is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.