Pelham, NY
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Pelham is a somewhat small village located in the state of New York. With a population of 7,048 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Pelham is the 245th largest community in New York. Pelham has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic villages in the country.

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 88.74% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Pelham is a village of professionals, managers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Pelham who work in management occupations (15.90%), business and financial occupations (9.03%), and teaching (8.51%).

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.

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

In addition, Pelham is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

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.

One downside of living in Pelham, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 33.56 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly village. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, 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.

Despite being a small village, Pelham has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get 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. 56.35% 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 2010 was $65,329, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $261,316 for a family of four.

Pelham is a very 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 12.26% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Pelham include Italian, German, English, and French Canadian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Pelham's cultural character, accounting for 17.65% of the village’s population.

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