Rye, NY
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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 16,046 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Rye is the 120th largest community in New York. Rye has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

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 95.53% 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 (21.04%), sales jobs (18.25%), and business and financial occupations (11.04%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.81% 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.

In addition, Rye is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

Rye is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Rye’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

One of the nice things about Rye 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.

In Rye, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 34.71 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.

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

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Rye. 73.87% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Rye in 2010 was $92,871, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $371,484 for a family of four.

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 Italian, German, English, and Russian.

Rye also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 15.52%.

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