Pelham, NY
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Pelham profile


Living in Pelham


Pelham is a somewhat small village located in the state of New York. With a population of 6,907 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Pelham is the 245th largest community in New York. Pelham has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic villages.

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

Pelham is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 88.08% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Pelham is a village of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Pelham who work in management occupations (17.19%), teaching (9.65%), and sales jobs (8.78%).

Of important note, Pelham is also a village of artists. Pelham has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Pelham’s character.

In addition, Pelham is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

Because of many things, Pelham is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Pelham 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 village’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Pelham has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Pelham’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

In Pelham, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.60 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 village 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.

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

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Pelham. 54.16% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Pelham in 2018 was $72,453, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $289,812 for a family of four.

Pelham is an extremely ethnically-diverse village. The people who call Pelham home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Pelham residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Pelham also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 16.52% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Pelham include Italian, Irish, German, Jamaican, and English.

Pelham also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 19.34%.

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