Oakdale, NY
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Oakdale is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New York. With a population of 8,003 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Oakdale is the 221st largest community in New York.

Housing costs in Oakdale are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in New York.

Oakdale is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 85.85% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Oakdale is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Oakdale who work in teaching (14.33%), management occupations (13.61%), and office and administrative support (10.76%).

Because of many things, Oakdale is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Oakdale a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Oakdale has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Oakdale’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

Oakdale 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.

Even though Oakdale is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

The education level of Oakdale citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 33.57% of adults in Oakdale have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Oakdale in 2010 was $40,895, 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 $163,580 for a family of four.

The people who call Oakdale home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Oakdale residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Oakdale include Irish, German, English, and Polish.

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