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, Riverhead isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Riverhead are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Riverhead is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Riverhead who work in sales jobs (16.20%), office and administrative support (13.55%), and maintenance occupations (9.16%).

One of the nice things about Riverhead is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

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

The percentage of adults in Riverhead who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 20.24% of the adults in Riverhead have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Riverhead in 2010 was $26,590, 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 $106,360 for a family of four. However, Riverhead contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Riverhead is an extremely 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 20.15% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Riverhead include German, Polish, Italian, and African.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Riverhead's cultural character, accounting for 21.56% of the town’s population.

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