Scarsdale, NY
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Scarsdale is a medium-sized village located in the state of New York. With a population of 17,863 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Scarsdale is the 109th largest community in New York. Scarsdale has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic villages in the country.

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

Scarsdale is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 98.78% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Scarsdale is a village of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Scarsdale who work in management occupations (20.92%), sales jobs (14.20%), and business and financial occupations (13.60%).

Also of interest is that Scarsdale 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 Scarsdale telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.36% 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, Scarsdale is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

Because of many things, Scarsdale 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, Scarsdale really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Scarsdale 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.

In Scarsdale, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 40.18 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 Scarsdale is a smaller village, 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 Scarsdale, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Scarsdale is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 89.38% 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 Scarsdale in 2010 was $142,739, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $570,956 for a family of four.

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

In addition, Scarsdale has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (22.56%).

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