New Rochelle, NY
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Living in New Rochelle


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 78,742 people and 16 constituent neighborhoods, New Rochelle is the 11th largest community in New York.

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.

New Rochelle is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, New Rochelle is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in New Rochelle who work in sales jobs (10.75%), management occupations (10.44%), and office and administrative support (9.29%).

One thing that you will notice about New Rochelle is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider New Rochelle a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

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.

In New Rochelle, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.61 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, New Rochelle is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the New Rochelle area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The education level of New Rochelle ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in New Rochelle, 44.61% 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 $46,679, 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 $186,716 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 28.64% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in New Rochelle include Italian, Irish, German, Jamaican, and Polish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of New Rochelle's cultural character, accounting for 29.89% of the city’s population.

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