Plainview, NY
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Plainview is a medium-sized town located in the state of New York. With a population of 26,613 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Plainview is the 63rd 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.

Plainview is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 92.15% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Plainview is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Plainview who work in sales jobs (14.22%), management occupations (12.96%), and teaching (12.48%).

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

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.

In addition, Plainview is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

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

One downside of living in Plainview is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Plainview, the average commute to work is 32.92 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Plainview use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Plainview‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Plainview. 59.86% 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 Plainview in 2010 was $50,434, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $201,736 for a family of four.

Plainview is a somewhat 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 Polish, Russian, Irish, and German.

In addition, Plainview has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (15.19%).

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