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 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, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in New Rochelle who work in sales jobs (11.34%), management occupations (11.03%), and office and administrative support (11.02%).

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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

In New Rochelle, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.54 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 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, 42.21% 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 $41,485, 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 $165,940 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 28.29% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in New Rochelle include Irish, German, Polish, and Jamaican.

In addition, New Rochelle has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (29.06%).

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