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 2,253,858 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 (12.05%), sales jobs (9.27%), and management occupations (8.12%).
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 a popular destination for single career-starters. One thing that you will notice when you are out and about town is that there is a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters out at restaurants, listening to live music, and enjoying other activities. They are a real visible part of the culture of Queens. This makes Queens a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, Queens presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.
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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
In Queens, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 41.62 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 addition, the borough is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense 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.
In terms of college education, Queens is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 32.17% of adults in Queens have a college degree.
The per capita income in Queens in 2018 was $31,930, 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 $127,720 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 28.04% 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 Asian, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Queens include Italian, Irish, Guyanese, Jamaican, and Polish.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Queens's cultural character, accounting for 47.24% of the borough’s population.
The most common language spoken in Queens is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.