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Rye, NY
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Living in Rye


Rye is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New York. With a population of 16,592 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Rye is the 113th largest community in New York.

Rye home prices are not only among the most expensive in New York, but Rye real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Rye is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 96.40% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Rye is a city of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Rye who work in management occupations (23.59%), business and financial occupations (12.26%), and sales jobs (10.72%).

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

Also of interest is that Rye has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

A relatively large number of people in Rye telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 17.04% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

In addition, Rye is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Because of many things, Rye is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Rye really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Rye perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

Rye 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 Rye, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 36.17 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.

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

If knowledge is power, Rye is a pretty powerful place. 78.21% of the adults in Rye have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Rye in 2018 was $109,416, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $437,664 for a family of four.

Rye is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Rye home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Rye residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Rye include Irish, Italian, German, English, and Polish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Rye's cultural character, accounting for 21.03% of the city’s population.

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