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 16,069 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Port Washington is the 119th largest community in New York.

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 88.80% 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 (14.65%), sales jobs (10.40%), and office and administrative support (10.37%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.07% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Because of many things, Port Washington is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Port Washington 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, Port Washington has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Port Washington’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One of the nice things about Port Washington 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.

One downside of living in Port Washington is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Port Washington, the average commute to work is 34.45 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.

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 like to read, write and learn? If you move to Port Washington, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Port Washington is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 65.69% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Port Washington in 2018 was $70,485, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $281,940 for a family of four.

Port Washington is a very 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 13.72% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Port Washington include Italian, Irish, German, Polish, and Russian.

In addition, Port Washington has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (18.54%).

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


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