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 91.90% 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 (14.23%), management occupations (12.47%), and teaching (12.18%).

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.

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, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 33.16 minutes every day commuting to work. However, 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Plainview is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Plainview area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

If knowledge is power, Plainview is a pretty powerful place. 61.00% 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 2010 was $50,293, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $201,172 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 Russian, Polish, Irish, and German.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Plainview's cultural character, accounting for 16.72% of the town’s population.

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