Peekskill, NY
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Peekskill is a medium-sized city located in the state of New York. With a population of 24,043 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Peekskill is the 71st largest community in New York.

Housing costs in Peekskill 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.

Peekskill is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Peekskill is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Peekskill who work in maintenance occupations (13.49%), office and administrative support (10.95%), and sales jobs (9.24%).

One downside of living in Peekskill, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.13 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Peekskill is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Peekskill area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

In terms of college education, Peekskill is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 26.83% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Peekskill in 2010 was $30,200, which is middle income relative to New York, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $120,800 for a family of four. However, Peekskill contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Peekskill is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Peekskill home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Peekskill residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Peekskill also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 36.92% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Peekskill include Irish, German, Jamaican, and English.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Peekskill's cultural character, accounting for 28.49% of the city’s population.

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