Port Chester, NY
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Port Chester is a medium-sized coastal village (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New York. With a population of 29,620 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Port Chester is the 45th largest community in New York. Port Chester has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic villages in the country.

Housing costs in Port Chester are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in New York.

Unlike some villages, Port Chester isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Port Chester are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Port Chester is a village of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Port Chester who work in maintenance occupations (15.93%), food service (14.73%), and office and administrative support (12.23%).

One of the nice things about Port Chester is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

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

The education level of Port Chester citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 20.72% of adults 25 and older in Port Chester have a college degree.

The per capita income in Port Chester in 2010 was $25,952, which is middle income relative to New York, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $103,808 for a family of four. However, Port Chester contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Port Chester is an extremely ethnically-diverse village. The people who call Port Chester home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Port Chester, accounting for 63.77% of the village’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Port Chester residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Port Chester include Irish, German, English, and Polish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Port Chester's cultural character, accounting for 45.62% of the village’s population.

The most common language spoken in Port Chester is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Portuguese.