Rhinebeck, NY
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Rhinebeck is a very small village located in the state of New York. With a population of 2,609 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Rhinebeck is the 496th largest community in New York. Rhinebeck has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic villages.

Housing costs in Rhinebeck are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in New York.

Rhinebeck is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 88.87% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Rhinebeck is a village of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Rhinebeck who work in healthcare (16.16%), management occupations (15.08%), and teaching (11.04%).

Of important note, Rhinebeck is also a village of artists. Rhinebeck has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Rhinebeck’s character.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 11.45% 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.

Rhinebeck is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 49.82% of adults in Rhinebeck have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Rhinebeck in 2010 was $35,188, 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 $140,752 for a family of four. However, Rhinebeck contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Rhinebeck home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Rhinebeck residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Rhinebeck include German, Italian, English, and Scottish.

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