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 16,200 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 89.49% 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 (15.95%), sales jobs (11.04%), and office and administrative support (10.06%).

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.

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.

Port Washington is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Port Washington’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

One downside of living in Port Washington, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 33.46 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.

Despite being a small town, Port Washington has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

If knowledge is power, Port Washington is a pretty powerful place. 63.02% of the adults in Port Washington 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 Port Washington in 2010 was $64,903, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $259,612 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 15.93% 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 (19.76%).

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


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