Pelham, NY
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Living in Pelham


Pelham is a somewhat small village located in the state of New York. With a population of 7,016 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 89.56% 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 (19.38%), office and administrative support (10.30%), and teaching (9.25%).

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 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 very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Pelham really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Pelham perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

In Pelham, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.95 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.

Even though Pelham is a smaller village, 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.

If knowledge is power, Pelham is a pretty powerful place. 54.69% of the adults in Pelham have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Pelham in 2010 was $71,486, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $285,944 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 14.28% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Pelham include Italian, Irish, German, English, and Jamaican.

In addition, Pelham has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (18.79%).

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