Queens, NY
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Queens is an enormous coastal borough (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New York. With a population of 2,333,086 people and 669 constituent neighborhoods, Queens is the second largest community in New York.

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

Unlike some boroughs, Queens isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Queens are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Queens is a borough of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Queens who work in office and administrative support (13.80%), sales jobs (10.21%), and management occupations (7.66%).

Also of interest is that Queens has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Queens 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 Queens is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Queens, the average commute to work is 40.47 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the borough, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly borough. Many of Queens’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

Queens is a big city, and with that comes lots of benefits. One benefit is that most big cities have public transit, but Queens really shines when it comes to the extensiveness and use of its public transit system. More than most large American cities, Queens citizens use public transit daily to get to and from work. And while there are transportation options, most people in Queens ride the subway. Whereas in some cities one is destined to sit in traffic every morning to get to work and every evening to get home, in Queens a lot leave their cars at home (if they even choose to own one), and hop a ride on the subway.

The overall education level of Queens citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.45% of adults in Queens have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Queens in 2010 was $26,876, which is middle income relative to New York, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $107,504 for a family of four. However, Queens contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Queens is an extremely ethnically-diverse borough. The people who call Queens home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Queens, accounting for 27.94% of the borough’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Queens residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Queens include Irish, Guyanese, Jamaican, and German.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Queens's cultural character, accounting for 47.84% of the borough’s population.

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