Red Hook, NY
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Red Hook is a very small village located in the state of New York. With a population of 1,990 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Red Hook is the 572nd largest community in New York. Much of the housing stock in Red Hook was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic villages in the country.

Unlike some villages where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Red Hook is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Red Hook is a village of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Red Hook who work in teaching (12.31%), food service (9.58%), and office and administrative support (8.44%).

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.18% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

Even though Red Hook is a smaller village, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

The education level of Red Hook citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 37.42% of adults in Red Hook have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Red Hook in 2010 was $32,694, which is upper middle income relative to New York, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $130,776 for a family of four. However, Red Hook contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Red Hook home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Red Hook residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Red Hook include Irish, Italian, English, and Dutch.

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