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Plainview, NY
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Living in Plainview



Plainview is a medium-sized town located in the state of New York. With a population of 27,100 people and seven associated neighborhoods, Plainview is the 60th largest community in New York.

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

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

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 20.58% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Because of many things, Plainview 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, Plainview really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Plainview 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 Plainview, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.64 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.

For the size of the town, public transportation in Plainview is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Plainview, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

If knowledge is power, Plainview is a pretty powerful place. 69.68% of the adults in Plainview 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 Plainview in 2018 was $71,495, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $285,980 for a family of four.

Plainview is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Plainview home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Plainview residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Plainview include Italian, Eastern European, German, Russian, and Polish.

In addition, Plainview has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (16.95%).

The most common language spoken in Plainview is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Langs. of India.