Pearl River, NY
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Pearl River is a medium-sized town located in the state of New York. With a population of 16,264 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Pearl River is the 117th largest community in New York.

Pearl River home prices are not only among the most expensive in New York, but Pearl River real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Pearl River is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 88.30% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Pearl River is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Pearl River who work in teaching (14.23%), office and administrative support (13.76%), and management occupations (9.79%).

Also of interest is that Pearl River has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Because of many things, Pearl River is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Pearl River 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, Pearl River has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Pearl River’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

One downside of living in Pearl River, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.87 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

In Pearl River, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Pearl River is a relatively small town. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

Pearl River is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 46.92% of adults in Pearl River 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 Pearl River in 2010 was $44,329, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $177,316 for a family of four.

The people who call Pearl River home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Pearl River residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Pearl River include Italian, German, English, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Pearl River is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.