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 8,261 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Port Washington is the 111th 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.
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: 19.57% 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". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.
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.
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.
In Port Washington, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.98 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.
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. 70.99% 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 2018 was $80,070, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $320,280 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 13.10% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Port Washington include Italian, Irish, German, Eastern European, and Polish.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Port Washington's cultural character, accounting for 16.11% of the town’s population.
The most common language spoken in Port Washington is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.