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 79,946 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.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, New Rochelle is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 management occupations (11.23%), sales jobs (9.99%), and office and administrative support (9.98%).
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.
In New Rochelle, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.45 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.
For the size of the city, public transportation in New Rochelle is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For New Rochelle, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
New Rochelle is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 44.05% 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 2010 was $44,440, 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 $177,760 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 29.39% 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 29.63% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in New Rochelle is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.