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 15,695 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Rye is the 120th largest community in New York. Much of the housing stock in Rye was built prior to World War II, 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 93.65% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Rye is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Rye who work in management occupations (20.26%), sales jobs (12.05%), and business and financial occupations (11.38%).

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 10.68% 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 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.

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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

One downside of living in Rye is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Rye, the average commute to work is 34.82 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

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 like to read, write and learn? If you move to Rye, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Rye is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 74.81% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Rye in 2018 was $108,749, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $434,996 for a family of four.

Rye is a somewhat 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.

In addition, Rye has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (18.51%).

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