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 2,358,582 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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Queens is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 (13.41%), sales jobs (9.84%), and management occupations (8.04%).

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 one of the most attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Queens is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.

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, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 41.13 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly borough. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, 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.

Queens, like many big cities in America, has a public transportation system, but the citizens of Queens are lucky because theirs is one of the most extensive and widely used. Many commuters choose to leave their cars at home and instead use the subway to get to and from work. In fact, for some people it is feasible to forgo car ownership entirely, avoiding the cost and headache of driving in heavy traffic. The benefits include reduced air pollution and load on the road network.

The overall education level of Queens citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.82% 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 $28,814, 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 $115,256 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 27.99% 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 Italian, Irish, Jamaican, Guyanese, and Polish.

Queens also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 47.53%.

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