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 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 93.49% 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 (19.85%), sales jobs (19.37%), and business and financial occupations (9.88%).

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.

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.

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.

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 34.25 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.

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.

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 73.98% 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 2010 was $90,548, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $362,192 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 Italian, German, English, and Russian.

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