New Rochelle, NY
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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 79,846 people and 16 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.

Unlike some cities, New Rochelle isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in New Rochelle are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, New Rochelle is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in New Rochelle who work in office and administrative support (11.44%), sales jobs (10.98%), and management occupations (10.73%).

New Rochelle is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

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.

The education level of New Rochelle ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in New Rochelle, 41.00% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in New Rochelle in 2010 was $40,791, which is upper middle income relative to New York, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $163,164 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 26.89% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in New Rochelle include Irish, German, Polish, and Russian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of New Rochelle's cultural character, accounting for 28.18% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in New Rochelle is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.