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 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.

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 management occupations (11.23%), sales jobs (9.99%), and office and administrative support (9.98%).

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.

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 is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In New Rochelle, the average commute to work is 31.45 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of New Rochelle’s neighborhoods are dense enough 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.

The citizens of New Rochelle are among the most well-educated in the nation: 44.05% of adults in New Rochelle have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

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.

New Rochelle also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 29.63%.

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