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 91.44% 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 (15.50%), sales jobs (11.54%), and teaching (9.78%).

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: 7.33% 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.

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.

In Port Washington, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.89 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

In Port Washington, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Port Washington is a relatively small town. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

If knowledge is power, Port Washington is a pretty powerful place. 63.20% 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 $63,559, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $254,236 for a family of four. However, Port Washington contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 13.51% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Port Washington include Italian, Irish, German, Polish, and English.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Port Washington's cultural character, accounting for 18.52% of the town’s population.

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


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