Port Washington, NY
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Port Washington is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New York. With a population of 16,014 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Port Washington is the 119th largest community in New York. Port Washington has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns.

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

Port Washington is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 93.54% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Port Washington is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Port Washington who work in management occupations (15.62%), sales jobs (13.48%), and teaching (10.15%).

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

Also of interest is that Port Washington 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: 7.96% 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.

In addition, Port Washington 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, Port Washington 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, Port Washington really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Port Washington 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.

Port Washington is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

One downside of living in Port Washington, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 34.48 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.

Even though Port Washington is a smaller town, 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.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Port Washington. 62.50% 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 Port Washington in 2010 was $58,668, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $234,672 for a family of four. However, Port Washington contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Port Washington is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Port Washington home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Port Washington residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Port Washington also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 13.32% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Port Washington include Irish, German, Russian, and Polish.

In addition, Port Washington has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (20.02%).

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

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