Riverhead, NY
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Riverhead is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New York. With a population of 13,407 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Riverhead is the 148th largest community in New York.

Housing costs in Riverhead 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.

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Riverhead is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Riverhead is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Riverhead who work in sales jobs (14.33%), office and administrative support (12.65%), and maintenance occupations (11.17%).

Riverhead 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.

In Riverhead, a lot of people use the bus to get to work every day though Riverhead is a relatively small town. Those that ride the bus are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

The education level of Riverhead citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 22.20% of adults in Riverhead have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Riverhead in 2010 was $26,065, 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 $104,260 for a family of four. However, Riverhead contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Riverhead is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Riverhead home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Riverhead residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Riverhead also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 25.67% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Riverhead include Polish, German, Italian, and African.

In addition, Riverhead has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (25.28%).

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